Sustainable Health
and Agriculture for
Resilient Populations
SHARP  2013-2015

Increased agricultural production, improved sanitation infrastructure and enhanced the health of vulnerable families

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and in partnership with Project Concern International, Land O’Lakes implemented a holistic, three-pronged approach to increase food security and health in Zambia’s Choma and Kazungula districts.

The first program component addressed household food security by enabling SHARP farmers to grow more crops not only for household consumption, but also as fodder for their livestock. SHARP provided farmers access to appropriate food and fodder crop harvesting equipment, as well as demonstration and skills-building training to enhance utilization. Further, using Land O’Lakes’ Economic Strengthening Toolkit, which was developed under a former USAID-funded program, SHARP showed farmers how they can sell surplus food and fodder, manage earnings to enhance household livelihoods, and expand activities into profitable enterprises.

SHARP’s second component was improving sanitation infrastructure. The program inclusively engaged the community in improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions. Since floods exacerbate unhygienic conditions by spreading water-borne and diarrheal disease outbreaks, WASH interventions build the region’s capacity to dispose of human and animal waste appropriately.

Finally, SHARP strengthened household resilience to disasters. By improving access to accurate and timely local weather forecasts, families were able to more effectively prepare for and respond to droughts, floods and other weather-related shocks.