Villagers in the rural areas of Zambia are hoping to raise their farming productivity and make more money income through a Chinese-aided poverty alleviation project.
The project, namely the Demonstration Village for China-Africa Agricultural Development and Poverty Reduction that was proposed during a ministerial conference in November last year, will see the establishment of ten village demonstration centres in the rural parts of Zambia over the next few years.
Earlier this month, a demonstration village has been set up at the Shimwengwe Village in Chongwe District, Lusaka Province. Through the project, villagers will be equipped with the knowledge and small-scale technologies to improve their productivity in the chicken-rearing business.
Simushi Liswaniso, the project coordinator, said the project, which runs from this year to 2025, has been financed by China under the Belt and Road/South-South Cooperation Agricultural Education, Science and Technology Innovation League (BRSSCAL) through China’s Jilin Agricultural University.
He thanked the Chinese government for supporting the project, adding that such projects will enhance the friendship between the two countries since it was aimed at improving people’s lives.
He further thanked Jilin Agricultural University for spearheading the project and hoped that more funds will be secured to ensure the smooth implementation of the project.
Liswaniso said the results from the pilot project will be used to assess whether to extend the project to other parts of the country in order to improve the lives of vulnerable families in rural areas.
Zambia has a lot to learn from China which has managed to lift millions of its people out of poverty because of its robust poverty reduction programs, he added.