|Title:||Zambia - Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP) - August 2022|
James Shumba is a 45 year old famer located in the Eastern Province of Zambia, in the Chasefu District, close to the Zambia-Malawi border.
James is married to Onesta and they have 7 children, their oldest is 16 years old and the youngest is 3. James started cattle-farming with two male cows he used to plough his fields. This enabled him to farm maize, sunflower, soya beans and peanuts. Today, he has 15 cattle.
As a beneficiary of the IFAD financed Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP), James has benefitted from the Livestock Insurance scheme. The devastating droughts caused by climate change combined with the negative consequences triggered by Covid-19 meant he would have lost his entire livestock. Through the insurance scheme, he was able to buy feed for his cows that he wasn’t able to grow himself. He believes the scheme is a life-changing initiative that he plans to continue with for the foreseeable future.
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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