Logo

Women seen as the backbone for the development of Zambia's farming sector

Interview with Grace Musonda, Zambian teacher and farmer and regular visitor at Agritech Expo

Zambia FarmingGrace Musonda, a Zambian teacher, sees women as the backbone for the development of the farming sector. (Image source: BBC World Service/Flickr)

She teaches at the American International School of Lusaka along Leopards Hill Road and her farm is in Mansa.

1. You describe yourself as a teacher and a farmer – please tell us more about your work and in particular the farming operations you are heading up, the history, the sectors you are involved in etc.

Well, I am a lady aged 40, a teacher by professional currently working at the American International School of Lusaka. My husband and I have been farming for the past 11 years now. We acquired our land in 2005, had our first crop of groundnuts in 2007. We also bought 16 heifers and one bull in 2007. We experimented with cassava growing between 2008 and 2012. As at present we are involved in maize, edible beans, cattle and are about to venture into horticulture.

2. Did the recent drought impact your farm?

Thankfully we have not experienced the drought because we are in the rain belt area.

3. Are you receiving help/advice from the government or from industry organisations?

We receive veterinary advice from government.

4. What are the main challenges facing your business at the moment?

The distance has been a challenge because we have to control everything remotely.

5. How important is technology in the future growth of agri in Zambia?

Technology is the future. It is very important because it is the way forward. We need technology for plant breeding, cattle breeding farming methods, environmental management and so forth.

6. What is your vision for the sector?

My vision for the farming sector is for more environmentally friendly farming methods without sacrificing profit.

7. Can you tell us more about the role of women in the farming sector? What has been your experience?

Women are the backbone of the development of the farming sector. Women guarantee livelihoods, especially in rural areas. As a result of their great effort in agriculture production, women production helps to guarantee their self-sustenance. Agriculture is the best business for both rural and urban women and it should come with better access to land and resources.

8. What was your experience at Agritech Expo last year?

It had grown bigger from the previous one. They were more companies displaying. There was more machinery. There was also aqua culture for the first time and a lot of livestock farmers. Informational centres were available so people can access information.

9. How important is this event for the Zambian farming community?

This event is very important to the farming community in Zambia because it helps farmers to access information about the latest technology that can help one to develop. It also helps farmers to interact with each other and get the views from others. It also exposes farmers to new technology and information.

10. What are you most looking forward to at Agritech Expo this year?

I would like to have pavilions for successful small scale and emerging farmers to showcase their work.


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

African Development Fund approves US$6.4mn grant to increase financial access for agricultural value chain entrepreneurs

African Development Fund approves US$6.4…

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund, the African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB’s) concessional lending window, has approved a grant US$6.4mn to Gambia to implement the Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing...

Esri partners with Microsoft to support sustainable agriculture development in Africa

Esri partners with Microsoft to support …

To help support government and non-profit organisations on the continent address climate change, water supply and food security challenges, Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, has collaborated with Microsoft...

USAID and NASA renew partnership to address development and humanitarian challenges

USAID and NASA renew partnership to addr…

On 4 November, Administrator Samantha Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to renew...

Norway promises top-up contribution of urgently needed climate finance

Norway promises top-up contribution of u…

On 9 November 2022, Norway, as part of a commitment to triple its support to climate adaptation by 2026, has pledged an additional US$9.5mn contribution of urgently needed climate finance...

CotonChad and IDH sign partnership with Better Cotton

CotonChad and IDH sign partnership with …

Better Cotton recently signed a multi-stakeholder Letter of Intent to participate in the landscape approach, developed with local stakeholders in Chad in conjunction with IDH, intending to work towards improving...

NFU president Minette Batters appointed as ambassador of Farm Africa

NFU president Minette Batters appointed …

Farm Africa, a charity that promotes sustainable agricultural practices, strengthens markets and protects the environment in rural eastern Africa, has announced the appointment of NFU president Minette Batters as an...

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

AGCO Agriculture Foundation unveils Africa Agribusiness Qualification programme

AGCO Agriculture Foundation unveils Afri…

The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF) has launched the Africa Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ) programme for Africans who want to contribute to Africa’s Agenda 2063 for food security, nutrition, and the agricultural...

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement agro-processing project in Senegal

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement…

The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Abidjan has approved a loan of US$63.38mn to Senegal to implement the Agropole-Centre agro-industrial processing zone project

AfDB and partners sign agreement to boost Ghana’s cocoa production

AfDB and partners sign agreement to boos…

The African Development Bank (AfDB), Credit Suisse AG, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited and Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) signed a US$600mn syndicated receivables-backed term loan to boost...

US$20.5mn renewable energy agriculture project launched in Ethiopia

US$20.5mn renewable energy agriculture p…

On 12 October, the Distributed Renewable Energy - Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) initiative began with the launch of nine renewable energy mini-grids and irrigation systems across Ethiopia

Fisheries and agribusiness prospects good for Senegal

Fisheries and agribusiness prospects goo…

At the launch of the Senegal-UK Chamber of Commerce, held this week in London, panellists were upbeat about the opportunities for investors in agriculture

AfDB and FAO collaborate to boost Africa’s agriculture sector

AfDB and FAO collaborate to boost Africa…

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN FAO have agreed to boost joint efforts aimed at catalysing agriculture sector investments in Africa to end hunger and malnutrition and increase...

Fighting climate change effects in Kenya

Fighting climate change effects in Kenya

Community-based organisations are coming together to fight some of the harsh effects of climate change as many small holders lost up to 80 per cent of their most recent harvest

AfDB funds Mozambique projects

AfDB funds Mozambique projects

The Agriculture Fast Track Fund for the AfDB has awarded grants of more than US$1.3mn to two ‘high value agriculture infrastructure projects’ in Mozambique, according to the AfDB

USAID starts farm productivity project in Egypt

USAID starts farm productivity project i…

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has launched a US$37mn project to enhance productivity across Egypt’s entire agricultural value chain, beginning on the farm and...

Nigerian government to revive groundnut farming in Kaduna

Nigerian government to revive groundnut …

The Nigerian government and Kaduna state government have announced a joint initiative to improve groundnut farming in the state

Post MV Wakashio oil spill: Beneficiaries receive starter kits and booklets on farming

Post MV Wakashio oil spill: Beneficiarie…

At least 1,200 beneficiaries from the South East and Eastern regions of Mauritius have received starter kits under the Capacity Building and Start Up assistance through the Humanitarian Emergency Assistance...

Ensuring crop nutrition

Ensuring crop nutrition

Uralchem and Uralkali provide farmers with a complete range of fertilisers, essential for plant growth

Prev Next

Template Design © Joomla Templates | GavickPro. All rights reserved.