The CFU’s GBP25m Climate Smart Agriculture Zambia Programme (2016-2021) is generously supported by Britain’s Department for International Development. At present this is the largest programme run by the CFU, covering 43 districts in Zambia. In 2017 alone 216,000 farmers were trained under this program, with 32,995 adopting for the first time.
Unwavering Norwegian support was critical to the development and expansion of the CFU for more than 15 years, allowing the CFU to scale up to the size it is now. This support financed the Zambian CAPI (2006-2011) and CAP II (2011-2016) Programmes as well as the CARP (2011-2015) Programme which was rolled out with in-Country Partners in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya. The value of the Norwegian contribution over this period was close to USD$ 80 million. The CFU is currently implementing the NORAD funded RCSAP Programme, through its partners in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The CFU has collaborated with UNDP on the “Strengthening Management Effectiveness and Generating Multiple Environmental Benefits Within… and Around the Greater Kafue National Park and West Lunga National Park in Zambia” since 2016. By providing an approximately 2,400 families with the skills and knowledge to farm profitably and intensively using CF, it is intended that Game Management Area deforestation and predation be halted.
CFU Regional Programme Partners
PAFID, the Kenyan In-Country-Partner of the CFU, has implemented the NORAD funded Regional Climate Smart Agriculture Programme… in three Eastern Counties – Kitui, Makueni and Meru. Since inception of RCSAP 698 Lead Farmers have been selected and trained in CA MT and along with the PAFID field staff, they have trained 8,617 small holder farmers (70% women) of whom 2,518 have adopted CA MT on at least a portion of their farm. There are now 25 mechanized and ADP tillage service providers offering time and cost-efficient services to farmers and 49 officials from 15 CSOs have undergone advocacy and leadership training and their members trained in CA MT.
REDS is a Ugandan non-governmental organization that focuses on the improvement of livelihoods of smallholder farmers… by providing efficient farming practices that protect lives, soils and the environment. REDS trains civil society in CSA Practices, advocates for CSA awareness and promotes cohesion amongst farmer groups for sustainability.
CFU Tanzania forms a part of the Zambian CFU, and shares a mandate to promote CSA interventions and technologies,… through specialized training support, extension services and advocacy and promotion of CA. CFU Tanzania works in 7 Districts: Same & Moshi Rural in Kilimanjaro Monduli in Arusha Region; Babati and Kiteto in Manyara and Mbeya Rural and Wangingómbe Region.
The CFU benefits from multiple formal and informal relationships with other related not-for-profit agencies and private sector companies. Through these relationships the CFU helps to strengthen farmers access to, demand for and supply of necessary agricultural tools and inputs, rural market services, financial literacy business training, and also the opportunities for these farmers to become tractor owners, tillage service providers, local input sales agents and aggregators.