Innovative Technology and Research for Sustainable development
AgriSmart Zambia is a Zambian non-government organisation with a focus on Innovative Technology and Research for Sustainable Development in agriculture. Our main purpose is to develop environmental and economic sustainable agribusiness models in agriculture, notably horticulture, agronomy and animal husbandry to enhance the viability of smallholder farmers, as well as to improve health and nutrition of people throughout rural Zambia.
This Mitengo Women’s group’s relationship with AgriSmart Zambia has developed and continued over many years. It has truly meant a great deal to our members as we have good opportunities for the future and we would not have achieved the successes that we have without the ongoing invaluable assistance that we received from AgriSmart Zambia and for that we are extremely grateful. Today, when the Minister of Agriculture needs to showcase a successful farming project to visitors, the delegation visits the Mitengo Women’s Group’s projects.
We are thankful for AgriSmart Zambia for helping us to grow our vegetables. Before they started working with us we did not know how to produce or how to install the driplines or poly pipes. They mentored us over time and taught us these skills. Today we are able to do this and we know how to grow all the vegetables and we can sustain ourselves. AgriSmart Zambia also helps us to transport our produce to the hotel twice per week and this is a huge benefit for our business.
Many thanks go to Mr. Emil van Wyk (AgriSmart Zambia Country Director), Mr. Himoonga B. Moonga (UNZA University), Professor Jim Simon (Rutgers University) and Mr. Kenneth Chali (AgriSmart Zambia Lusaka Province Manager) for their keen observations, constructive criticism and moral support. Special thanks go to AgriSmart for their technical support during field work.