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The Zambian Director
This is an excerpt of a letter from Global Development Group in regard to the Director of Seed Their Need Zambia, Jacob Phiri.
“During our years of close partnership we have found the Project Manager Jacob Phiri, to be capable, trustworthy and well-respected in the communities in which we work. This has been evident from numerous on-site audits of projects by Global Development Group and through consistent and thorough biannual reporting.
They have been a reliable and trustworthy partner, consistently achieving project outcomes and operating with a high level of accountability and transparency.”
Executive Director Geoff Armstrong BSc, MBA, AFAMI,CMC, MAICD, MASQ,
Security of Land
Land in the rural areas of Zambia is vested and held in the name of the chief of the particular region and commonly called “traditional land”. Then land is given to the subjects through headmen/headwomen at a very nominal fee or even free to a household/family.
The land then becomes hereditary and passed on to the family line. This type of land cannot be revoked or grabbed back by the government, the chief or his/her agents.
In addition, this land is never allowed to be sold to a third party.
Distribution agro inputs are completed in four phases.
- After registration and attending training, the farmer is given a hoe for tilling.
- After tilling, (approx.5 days) seeds are distributed.
- 4 weeks after seed planting, Compound D fertilizer is distributed.
- 5 weeks after the first fertilizer is applied, Urea fertilizer is distributed
Distribution is done in phases for some practical reasons.
- Firstly, to ensure farming inputs are only given to farmers who have actually worked and followed our procedure.
- Secondly, to reduce or eradicate the possibility of farmers selling their agro inputs to make quick money.
Lazy husbands have been known to be this short-sighted, depriving their hard working wives and family of an income.
Mentoring and Supervision
Training on agricultural techniques is done by the agricultural extension officers provided by the local Ministry of Agriculture. Ongoing management is provided by our Lead Contact Farmers ( LCF) who have had training in farming techniques and methods. Each of the LCF’s have an additional team of 15 volunteer supervisors working under them.
With each LCF and supervisors mentoring groups of 20 farmers, maximum productivity is achieved.
The LCF will ensure that all guidelines are followed before any farmer is given the agro inputs. All agro inputs are therefore distributed through the LCF.
One of the pivotal roles of the LCF is to ensure all farmers payback loans. If one member fails to pay, it affects the whole group in regard to further grants. This brings out the act of self-monitoring and responsibility within the village community.
The project does not provide its interest free grants to farmers in cash but in agro inputs such as seeds, fertilizers & pesticides. The project buys these farming inputs in bulk from the commercial city and hauls them over to the farming block where farmers live.
Market facilitation maximizes profits from harvest sales. Each farmer weighs and counts the harvest excess and then delivers to the project centre which is a registered cooperative. When all harvest is done, the commercial miller is notified who brings the trucks to the site and hauls the harvest way to the city. Funds are then paid 3 days after delivery.