Natural Agriculture Development Program Zambia

BACKGROUND

In 2005 a partnership was created between Shumei International, a Japanese-based NGO, and the small-scale rural women farmers of Mbabala Constituency in Zambia. Under the Cooperative umbrella and guidelines an agricultural pilot project was launched, which focused on improving the household status and income of rural women farmers by implementing cost effective and an environmentally friendly farming methods known as Natural Agriculture which does not use inputs or additives of any kind.

After seeing the success and impact of the pilot project on the community, the Natural Agriculture Development Program Zambia (NADPZ) was created and registered as an NGO in Zambia in September 2010. The purpose of NADPZ is to replicate the Natural Agriculture and seed saving project throughout Zambia and beyond, to increase cost effective and environmentally friendly crop production and increase crop yields, which in turn will allow women to participate in the development of their homes and communities, improve health and nutrition and reduce poverty in rural areas.