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Live Stock Training Center

Help to improve existing livestock traditional practices in the southern province of Zambia by providing technical support to optimize livestock husbandry and activities. We believe in assisting communities build on cultural networks...

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NAMWALA-LITI

Integrated Livestock, Wildlife & Human Health Training Institute

The proposed Namwala-LITI, Integrated Livestock, Wildlife and Human Health Training Institute is a project initiated by His Royal Highness Chief Wesley Mukobela of the Nawala District, Southern Province Zambia.  The completed institute will enable the communities of Namwala District build capacity to meet the urgent response for sustainable intensification of livestock systems to produce high Beef Value chains.  Contact us for more details on the project.

The Namwala district hosts the largest number of traditional owned cattle.  This is due to the centuries old tradition of cattle being the mainstay of the community social economic well-being.  In recent year’s livestock productivity has been negatively affected be scarcity of grazing land and recurrent stock diseases, resulting in decline in cattle numbers.

 

There have been several NGO and Governmental measures to reduce this threat through the likes of Heifer International and Namwala Livestock Support Programme.  While these interventions have greatly assisted the traditional rural livestock economy, we believe that a grass root solution is critical for the sustainability and health of the traditional rural livestock economy.
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IMPORTANCE OF THE LIVESTOCK SECTOR IN THE ECONOMY AND RURAL LIVELIHOOD

The World Development Report of 2008 assembled data from several developing countries and found that GDP growth originating in agriculture is at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as GDP growth originating outside agriculture.  It is estimated that the human needs for livestock products (food, hides skins and other products) in developing countries will more than double in the next 25 years (Delgado et al. 1999)

GROWTH PROSPECTS FOR AFRICAN LIVESTOCK, MEAT AND DAIRY INDUSTRY DEMAND

Africa is home to 240 million head of cattle, 16% of the global total, about the same as Brazil and India.  Total livestock and meat demand are expected to grow faster in Africa than in other world regions over the next 20-30 years according to Morgan er. al 2013.  Africa accounted for 15.5% of the world’s population and only 4.3% of meat consumption in 2005-07.  With 2.8% growth meat demand is forecast to increase from 11 million metric tons (mmt) by 2050, making Africa the world’s fastest growing meat market.

We now call upon donors and investors to assist Chief Mukobela and his committee to help support this much needed value addition to the Namwala District.  Your response will not only yield significant benefits for food security but also to increase smallholder competitiveness to tap in to the rapidly increasing demand for beef products.  NAMWALA-LITI has the potential to exponentially increase productivity and incomes through high resource-use efficiency gains resulting in the switch from traditional livestock industries into commercial operations thereby creating significant social impact in the region.

 

To learn more about the project please click here.