Self Help Africa

Protecting and Restoring the Environment- Zambia

Poor households depend on farming and fishing in the Kafue basin in Zambia, struggle for their livelihoods. Self Help Africa will address these challenges to improve the resilience, food, income and nutrition security within 3,000 households in three districts in the Kafue basin

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (298830)

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Championed by Waterloo Foundation (International)


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)




This three year project will take place in the areas where people live in poverty, children are stunted and most of the districts inhabitants depend on the wetland eco-system for their livelihoods. Yields are insufficient for food and income security, business expansion and investment. There is inadequate participation in conservation efforts which lead to communities turning to supplement income through deforestation, unlicensed fishing and charcoal burning. The project will address this.


Sustainability: To embed skills, knowledge, experience and opportunities to smallholder farmers, VNMRC’s and local government. Economically: Smallholder farmers will increase their income, through improved production of quality commodities and establish links to market. Socially: Through gender transformative approach and targeted nutrition interventions. Institutionally: Ensuring private and public structures are established. Environmentally: Improved natural resource management.

  • By raising awareness of the dangers of over-farming, over-fishing and of felling trees, and by introducing alternative crops and farming practices, we can show the people of Kafue both the problem, and the solutions, to the challenges that they face.

    — Elia Manda, Self Help Africa's Country Director in Zambia