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Africare began operations in Zambia in 1978.
Since that time, Africare/Zambia has invested approximately $45,000,000 through projects addressing…
• Agriculture & Food Security
• Community Based Financial Institutions
• HIV & AIDS
• Humanitarian and Emergency Relief
• Maternal and Child Health
• Natural Resource Management
• Orphans and Vulnerable Children
• Water & Sanitation
• Women’s Empowerment
…reaching an estimated 7,600,000 beneficiaries.
Success in Zambia
When Africare introduced the rice variety called “Chama Rice”, it became the first non-governmental organization (NGO) to implement an agricultural project in the remote eastern Zambian province of Chama. This rice variety has been commercialized by COMACO under the brand “Its Wild” and is now widely available in Zambian supermarkets and chain stores.
Africare contributed to the restoration of livelihoods for more than 50,000 drought stricken households in Southern Province through the construction and rehabilitation of dams in a project funded by the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Africare is well-known in the country for popularizing the “Yenga Press” and the “Magoye Ripper” through its projects. The Yenga Press is the first hand-operated Ram Press, and Africare transferred the knowledge of manufacturing equipment and spares to local beneficiaries. The Press is popular across southern Africa and is still commercially available. The Magoye Ripper is a piece of minimum tillage equipment that has now been widely adopted throughout Africa and is famous as the best animal drawn minimum tillage implement for conservation agriculture.
Africare was the first NGO in southern Africa to adopt the concept of Zero Entropy or Zero Emission, meaning nothing is wasted, out of the Songhai Centre in Benin. A United Nations Development Programme funded an Africare project in Northern Province in Zambia, enabling the Ministry of Science and Technology to adopt the concept throughout its youth training centers country-wide.