CHASEFU MODEL FARM
Because of the level of poverty in Zambia and the many challenges rural Zambians face, rural CCAP Zambia congregations struggle to financially support their pastors. As a result, many pastors need to be trained in agriculture in order to supplement their household income. Therefore, the CCAP Synod of Zambia started the Model Farm in 2014 in affiliation with Chasefu Theological College, which teaches pastors as well as subsistence farmers how best to use agriculture and livestock to become financially secure.
Under the Projects and Development Department, the Model Farm, located at Chasefu in the eastern part of Zambia, helps support the holistic ministry of the CCAP Synod of Zambia by conducting training in sustainable agriculture. For example, sustainable agriculture courses are being taught as a new addition to the curriculum at Chasefu Theological College, better preparing the seminary students for ministry once they become pastors. The knowledge and skills learned will help the students better provide for their own families not only in terms of food security but also in terms of additional income. The pastors can also share the same knowledge and skills with members of their congregations and villages to help improve lives and the community as a whole.
The CCAP Synod of Zambia envisions the Model Farm becoming a training center where short courses on sustainable agriculture, and other related topics, can be taught to smallholders. At this time, no formal training courses are currently being offered but, as opportunities arise, new methods and appropriate technologies are shared with the people of Chasefu. The Synod hopes funding can be secured within the next few years to build the infrastructure needed to begin offering training courses at the Model Farm.
The CCAP Synod of Zambia has also designated land to be used for agricultural income generating activities at Chasefu. The purpose of the income generating activities is to grow cash crops to produce revenue, which will be reinvested in the farm as well as provide sustainable financial support to Chasefu Theological College and the Synod. The crops currently being grown include maize, soybeans and red onions. With the emphasis being income generation, other cash crops, such as cotton, may be grown in the future.
The Model Farm and agricultural income generating activities are currently looking for opportunities to partner with other organizations to achieve the Synod’s vision. The agricultural IGA is currently partnering with an NGO, Cross Border Network Africa (CBNA), to grow red onions. Participation in the program requires payment of a nominal fee and, in return, CBNA provides seed, training, and a market whereby it buys the onions harvested.
Chasefu Model Farm
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