WeForest Project


Zambia Conservation

Training inmates in prison to permaculture techniques
Area restored
124 ha

Project Summary

The project targeted inmates in the Kamfinsa prison and trained them in permaculture techniques to grow vegetables at permaculture demonstration plot. These techniques conserve the soil and water and rely on organic farming methods. They provided prisoners with an alternative skill to grow their own food, a skill that will serve them when they are released from prison. Pine and eucalyptus were also planted within the prison environment to provide valuable resources for the prison. Farmers in the villages of Fisenge and Kafubu were trained to plant pine and eucalyptus trees to plant on the border of their farms to demarcate the farm boundaries and provide an additional income for the farmers in the future. In addition, farmers were trained in conservation farming (agroforestry). Fadobia aldiba, a nitrogen fixing tree species, was planted alongside maize to fertilize the soil. The species typically sheds its leaves during the rainy season so has low chance of competing with the crop and shading it. 

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    Permaculture plot
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    Engaging rural farmers
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    Pine plantation
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    Young seedling

Project Status


Why is intervention needed?

Large swathes of forest are lost in Zambia annually, largely due to charcoal production and agriculture. Coupled with the high levels of poverty in the country, this affords Zambia one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. Deforestation and mono-cropping by farmers in the Luanshya district has resulted in a loss of soil organic matter and threatens the future sustainability of local livelihoods.