Although Zambia has a reputation for political stability, social conditions are tough.
The prevalence of HIV/Aids is high at 12.4%. Gender inequality is severe, and women are often excluded from decision-making at home and in the wider community. Many have been widowed by HIV/Aids, or have taken in orphaned children.
In the Eastern Province of Zambia, where Send a Cow currently works, livestock are vital to the livelihoods of the vast majority of people – yet they tend to be poorly managed and low-yielding animals, leading to widespread food insecurity and poverty.
Send a Cow Zambia is our smallest country programme and over the next few years we hope to build on our experience and increase our visibility and grow new projects and work with more vulnerable households.
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Petauke District is Zambia’s largest producer of maize but also the country’s hungriest district. Anna Tembo devoted all her land to growing maize with no space to grow other food crops. Families do not make much money from selling maize and will often eat just one meal a day. Anna and her neighbours were also trapped by the promotion of expensive and ineffective chemical fertilisers.
Anna has received training from Send a Cow in sustainable agriculture and water harvesting techniques and is now thriving. Her pride and joy is a stunning keyhole garden she built next to her house - it is overflowing with tomatoes, Chinese cabbage, kale and spinach.