Building Resiliency in Zambia
through Community-based Livestock
Production and Marketing

Restored livestock productive capacity

Climate shocks and highly-contagious livestock disease outbreaks have brought Southern and Western Provinces’ cattle-rearing communities to the brink of food insecurity. To rebuild farmers' assets, Land O'Lakes helped 660 vulnerable households by introducing goat production through this USAID/OFDA-funded program. Land O’Lakes trained over 76 community livestock workers in animal husbandry and sustainable rangeland management to promote improved livestock management and reinforce environmentally responsible practices.

An 18-month extension enabled ZCL to reach another 300 households in 2013. ZCL predominately targeted female farmers and people living with HIV (PLHIV). To encourage leadership, Land O’Lakes supported the formation of 56 goat producer groups that are predominately female. By March 2013, ZCL had distributed over 4,430 vaccinated goats to 964 households (6,748 people), of which 62 percent of owners were women.