We have developed a program 'steps out of poverty' - in use for more than 5 years. The goal is to teach villagers proven methods to take certain steps. Following as many steps as possible contributes to prevent hunger and malnutrition - this can be done in a family or in a group like the 'women's clubs'. We want to fund the activities in form of seminars including: permaculture, agriforestry, livestock, organic fertilizer, agriprotein etc. There will be sub projects following.
People in Katete district are mostly very poor subsistence farmers who experience hunger in the period before the next harvest. Teaching them better planting methods, providing them with compost and better seed (they tend to use the seed from their own previous harvest) are the best ways, but the biggest problem is their use of traditional methods while climate is changing. A change of mind-set is needed for traditional people who believe that they must adhere to past methods (like witchcraft).
The weekly Tiko management meeting is attended by six headmen representing 64 villages. The newly elected head woman of one village requested help for the villages she represents including some, which are taking part in the Tiko 'Steps out of Poverty' program. There will be six-day seminars at Tiko for two representatives of 16 women's clubs, with at least 20 members. The principles of permaculture or climate-smart agriculture will be explained and demonstrated in Tiko's field and gardens.
This will be the first of a series that will bring true change to traditional people. All activities will be reported and extended to many more farmers. The effects of climate change will be mitigated for people in Katete District, Eastern Province, Zambia and malnutrition will be reduced. The awareness for the working methods, in form of the 'steps out of poverty' will be raised by using Tiko as a hub and a model for agriculture under the influence of climate change and economic crisis.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).