Dorothy, a widowed mother of eight and sole provider for her family, with some of the produce she sells.

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Mobile Technology For Data Collection In Zambia

A massive scale-up of the government's social cash tranfser programme necessited a major rethink of the data collection process. This is where WFP's Mobile Delivery and Tracking unit stepped in with an innovative technical solution.

 

 

 

Overview

Zambia was reclassified by the World Bank as a lower middle income country in 2011. While it has maintained an admirable economic growth rate at over 6 percent for the past decade, Zambia's human development indicators remain static, with the country still ranking 163 out of 186 countries in the 2012 Human Development Index. Zambia's population is 13 million, with 61 percent living in urban and 39 percent in rural areas. 

Agribusiness centre for smallholder farmers

Under WFP's Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative in Zambia, the local community in Mambwe district and the Adventist Development Relief Agency came together to build a warehouse. The idea is for the warehouse community project, also known as the Kasamanda Agribusiness Centre, to aggregate commodities and act as a catalyst for rural development. The warehouse provides emerging farmers with a place to store their food. It also offers a platform for the community to meet with stakeholders from the food supply chain and build sustainable business relationships. 

Copyright: WFP/Khatra Elmi

 

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