Let us take you on a little Journey to Zambia!

Check our cool photo slideshow! We put together some of the pictures Bruni took during her visit at Planting A Future! Lean back and enjoy! Let us take you on a little journey to Chinkonono Village!

Let us take you on a little Journey to Zambia!

“Let’s make it huge!” – Overwhelming Success at Agriculture Shows

Why we are exhibiting at these shows:

This year’s show’s theme “Innovation Beyond Golden Jubilee” fits well with Planting A Future’s objective of changing the mindset of farmers, policy makers and the general public from traditional crop farming to growing trees.

Meeting the area member of Parliament
Meeting the area member of Parliament

Much of the food insecurity facing rural population is over reliance on maize farming. This is no longer viable due to El Niño, cost of farming inputs and equipment. The problem has been compounded by the decimation of draught animals due to corridor disease. Many farmers use oxen to plough thier fields and much of the cattle has died.

Our booth
Our booth

It is Planting A Future’s aim to see every home in our community growing fruit trees. We also intend to have breadfruit tree orchards which in the near future will supply fruits to the general public. As we exhibit we are meeting policy makers, NGO’s and Ministry Of Agriculture officials.

Explaining some details to Håkon Spigseth of Response Network
Explaining some details to Håkon Spigseth of Response Network

…and the enthusiasm from them  is overwhelming.

Southern Province provincial show secretary:
Southern Province provincial show secretary: “Let’s make it huge, boys…let’s take it to a higher level!”
“Let’s make it huge!” – Overwhelming Success at Agriculture Shows

Fighting the hot season in Zambian villages

Since every year lots and lots of rural Zambian villages suffer in the dry season because of too little rains and dry rivers and streams Planting A Future was thinking about how to solve this problem.

So we decided to block a little stream with some sand bags to store water in a pond, leaving a spill way for people farther down the stream to access the water too.

Check out our cool new “dam”!

 

inspecting our "dam"
inspecting our “dam”

 

planning on how to best block the stream
planning on how to best block the stream
this little pond will supply the village with enough water to tend to our seedlings and cattle
this little pond will supply the village with enough water to tend to our seedlings and cattle
Fighting the hot season in Zambian villages

Where are all the people who know how to perform a rain dance?

We are almost at the end of rainy season this year. Unfortunately we only had poor rains in the past weeks. As you can imagine that is a big problem for Zambia in general and for us and all our seedlings and plants as well. Rivers dry out, fields are dead and crops are dying.

All the more important it is to finally get all the equipment and material to make sure of a working water supply. We will do that very soon. This way we will be able to continue our work during the hot season as well.

Thanks again to all our sponsors, donors and volunteers!

Poor rains, hence dying maize and eminent starvation
Poor rains, hence dying maize and eminent starvation
Two very contrasting scenes: failing maize crops on one side and on the other a flourishing orchard. Same rain falls and same soil type.
Two very contrasting scenes: failing maize crops on one side and on the other a flourishing orchard. Same rain falls and same soil type.

But for now: If you can perform a rain dance that actually works, just come over! Zambia will be grateful for some rains 😉

Where are all the people who know how to perform a rain dance?