Shupe Tembo Mwale is a farmer based in the Eastern Province of Zambia, not far from the Zambia-Malawi border. With her husband, she grows maize, soya beans and sunflowers.
Shupe is married and has 4 children. When her daughter was married, she received two cows as dowery which is how she started rearing cattle. To these two cows, she added 2 female cows and they now have 10 cows that they use to help them plough the fields. To assist her tending to the cattle, has employed 7 herders which has meant they are able to farm maize, soya beans and sunflower to help sustain her family’s livelihood.
As a direct beneficiary of the IFAD supported Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP), Shupe has benefitted from the support she has received towards her livestock production through the livestock insurance scheme. The livestock insurance index is one solution that is being implemented through E-SLIP to help smallholder livestock farmers in the districts to build resilience against the effects of climate change and ultimately protect their livestock assets.
The Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) funds were used for the project Covid-19 Smart Livestock Production and Productivity Project (RPSF I) under the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP). The overall goal of the project was to “sustainably build resilience against shocks caused by COVID-19 in livestock production and productivity systems among targeted poor livestock farming households” with the aim to maintain the E-SLIP progress towards its IFAD11 Impact Targets.
Additional RPSF funds were used to scale-up the work and increase the outreach and add complementary activities to the original RPSF work that allowed the sustainability of E-SLIP and RPSF results.
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