In 2004, Shumei International partnered with the Mbabala Women Farmers’ Co- Operative Union to introduce Natural Agriculture in Zambia. Natural Agriculture encourages minimum intervention in the growing process and involves the use of indigenous seeds, the practice of seed saving, and the cultivation of soil in its natural state without inputs. This project works with smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women, to leverage their traditional cultural knowledge of the land while introducing ecological farming techniques to reduce reliance on store-bought seeds and agrochemicals and increase resilience to climate change. Barbara’s presentation will provide an overview of how working with women farmers to promote sustainable agriculture also has a positive impact on gender equality, poverty reduction, education and community development.

 

Teaser photo credit: Shumei International website.