Replicability & socio-economic impact

Since its inception there has been an increase in cooperative membership and an increase in yields using Natural Agriculture and seed saving methods.

NADPZ has received a number of invitations and applications to replicate the Natural Agriculture program and model in other parts and provinces of Zambia, but due to the lack of resources it has been difficult to replicate the model.

With increased capacity (finances) and increased access to water, NADPZ can replicate its program in other parts of Zambia as well as Africa. NADPZ can increase the number of practical training programs, demonstration farms and easy-to-read local language training materials. With this infrastructure in place the number of rural farmers with access to sustainable agricultural skills and knowledge will increase.

The experience of farmers using Natural Agriculture and Seed Saving methods has provided a growing body of evidence of the economic, social and environmental benefits of these methods. Natural Agriculture approaches have delivered increased food production and improved income for farmers, and enhanced food security and nutrition for the farmers and their families. These approaches have very low transaction costs and exhibit huge returns on investment. By the same means, Natural Agriculture and Seed Saving delivers the social benefits associated with poverty reduction and community empowerment. And in a context of global climate change and environmental degradation, Natural Agriculture delivers the environmental benefits of lower resource use, reduced environmental impacts both on- and off-farm, and protection of biodiversity, while at the same time enhancing resilience against the shocks associated with accelerating climate change.

Data collection

In April 2005, a survey was conducted, where 1,305 members filled out questionnaires that provided NADPZ with agricultural information, such as types of crops and vegetables grown, number of hectares managed, use of fertilizer on field, yield after harvest, as well as household information such as number of children and dependents reliant on the crops harvested.

After collecting the data in 2005, a further survey was conducted in 2010 and data was collected from 76% of the original 2005 participants. More than 50% of the farmers reported improved yields and harvest for maize and groundnuts after using the Natural Agriculture method of early planting, mulching and crop rotation.