DAPP Projects

DAPP Zambia is addressing the challenges of poor agricultural productivity through the Scaling Out Integrated Soil Fertility Management Technologies Project in Eastern Province. The project will work towards sustaining agricultural productivity and incomes for 20,000 smallholder farmers in Petauke, Katete and Chipata districts of Zambia.

The project’s is designed to increase agricultural productivity, food and income security for smallholder farmers through dissemination and scaling out the uptake of improved and proven Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) practices using a value-chain approach of linking Integrated Soil Fertility Management with better access to markets and credit.

To achieve this,132 demonstration fields were established in Chipata, were baseline soil testing was done to assess the effects of ISFM practices on soya bean, maize rotation and fertilizer use. The project has facilitated the acquiring of loans for 278 farmers from Vision fund in form of farm inputs. Further, 9 aggregate centres have been equipped with 3 big platform scales each. The aggregation centres have been helpful to facilitate the bringing together of the farm produce such as maize and soya by farmers for collective marketing purposes.

The project has built capacity of 60 representatives from farmer organizations in governance and management, and 25 agro dealers in agro business management. With the built capacity, agro dealers have now acquired dealership licenses from well-established seed companies such as Zamseed, Seedco, Pioneer and Pannar. This has strengthens the capacity of public and private partners and enabled them to conduct sales of crop seeds on a commission basis. 

 

Implementing partners: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute

Project duration:            January 2015 to 2017

 

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