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What Is The Impact of GMOs on Sustainable Agriculture in Zambia?

mindfully logoThe challenge of balancing short term food problems with long term agricultural problems is an urgent concern for Zambia today. Following an unanticipated drought situation, a situation proceeded the year earlier by too much rain and damaging flood conditions, there is a drastic shortfall in our basic food commodity, maize. As a consequence, an estimated two million Zambians are at risk of famine.


Nyambe_MasialetZambia was the world’s third biggest copper producer during the 1960s. However, in 1975 a collapse in world copper prices left the Zambian economy severely affected.

SCIAF has worked with partners in Zambia since 1985 covering a range of projects. We currently work with four partners on the Scottish Government funded Kulima Programme implementing a sustainable: Caritas Livingstone; Kasisi Agriculture Training Centre (KATC); Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR); Caritas Mongu

Agakura in Burundi

Agakura_Young_PersonSCIAF project Agakura is driving sustainable agriculture forward with young people and small-scale farmers in Burundi The war in Burundi tore people’s lives apart. It created many orphans. Agakura was born out of the desire by Director Fr Deogratias to give these young people and farmers a future, by providing them with agriculture education and vital practical skills. These practical skills help this group to grow their own produce to feed themselves and earn valuable income for their families by selling at local markets.

Agakura provides training in sustainable agriculture, agro-forestry and animal husbandry. Organic approaches to farming are used and the farmers are taught vital skills in how to get the best out of their land in a sustainable way.

El Salvador

Football_boyEl Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and the most crowded in the region. Civil war, devastating earthquakes and huge income inequalities have shaped El Salvador over the last three decades. Climate change has had a harsh impact in rural areas where floods, droughts and storms are always felt with greater severity.

SCIAF has worked in El Salvador for over 20 years on a range of projects including sustainable agriculture, empowering people with disabilities and recovery from natural disasters. We currently have three partners working with us on three projects: Jesuit Development Service (JDS); CESTA (Friends of the Earth El Salvador; COMUS

Promising Practices

Minolta DSCPromising Practices brings together the collective knowledge of SCIAF Programme Officer Stephen Martin and the four Zambian organisations that partnered with SCIAF to deliver the Promotion of Rural Food Security Programme (PRFSP) to look at the successes and lessons which came out of the programme

The experience, dedication and commitment of Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, Caritas Livingstone and Caritas Mongu, supported by Catholic Relief Services have laid the foundations for making the PRFSP a success.

Sustainable Agriculture

P2050931-640x218Most farmers in the world own less than five hectares of land. Known as small-scale farmers, they feed one third of the global population, providing up to 80% of food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Yet small-scale farmers, many of who are women, face heavy challenges to survive from day to day, among them land tenure problems, rising food prices, export-led agriculture, and the use of land to grow internationally desired commodities rather than food.