The Farm to Table Initiative is requesting funding to amplify the role of communities as active conservation and business partners in the nature conservation wildlife economy of the Greater Kafue Ecosystem. This initiative will develop a management and logistics community driven service that provides the Kafue consumer needs from a locally grown produce market.
Greater Kafue Ecosystem
The Greater Kafue Ecosystem (GKE) comprises nine game management areas (GMA’s) surrounding the 22,400 km2 Kafue National Park (KNP) and extends over 66,000 km2. It is one of the largest contiguous conservation landscapes in Africa protecting many endangered and/or endemic animals.
The GKE faces many threats including widespread poaching and deforestation fuelled by agriculture, charcoal production and unplanned human settlements within the GMA’s. These threats are driven by inadequate socio-economic incentives and high poverty levels among communities that are amplified in scale by among others a lack of engagement of communities with the nature conservation wildlife economy.
Measures likely to have the most influence on mitigating these threats are the creation of alternative livelihoods for current and potential poachers, empowerment of local communities and increased enforcement of wildlife laws (Overton et al., 2017). Current measures to mitigate unsustainable resource use in the GKE have focussed predominantly on strengthening law enforcement. As part of an integrated approach, By Life Connected (BLC) will compliment these efforts and focus on empowering the communities by providing alternative sustainable livelihoods.
Currently, local farmers lack information on the food and produce demand of the GKE and they have limited means to manage logistics and distribution to match consumer demand. Therefore, the majority of lodges, NGOs and government departments operating in the GKE source their products from Lusaka. By Life Connected will develop a management and logistics community driven service through the ‘Farm to Table’ Initiative. The program will realize a demand market and supply chain for the community to service the Kafue consumer needs from a locally grown produce market. With this ‘new’ market inside the GKE, production must be increased, subsequently creating more stable and diversified jobs in the community. In this way the program creates an active link between wildlife and communities such that engagement is direct, strong and sustainable over the long term.
 Overton, J., Davies, S., Nguluka, L., Chibeya, D., Nsende, E, Sompa, B., Simukonda, C. & Lindsey, P. (2017). The illegal bushmeat trade in the Greater Kafue Ecosystem, Zambia. Drivers, impacts and solutions. FAO, Zimbabwe 2017.
The ‘Waste to Wealth’ Initiative is requesting funding to amplify the role of communities as active business partners in the circular economy of the Greater Kafue Ecosystem by using waste (produced by organizations in the GKE) as a resource to make new products and subsequently create alternative sustainable livelihoods.
Currently, communities and organizations that live or are active in and around the GKE have no options to sustainably dispose of their waste, although many of them are compelled to. Now, their waste is either burned, brought to landfills in Mumbwa or Lusaka, or dumped in pits. Consequently, harmful (carcinogenic) toxins are emitted into the environment. Fires can spread due to accidental uncontrolled burning. Plastics or other harmful substances can bioaccumulate in people and wildlife, and dumped waste can seriously threaten the health of the public as well as wildlife.
However, waste can also become a resource and can be an incentive for creating alternative sustainable livelihoods. Communal waste-processing cooperatives can reuse the waste and turn it into products that are in demand both locally and internationally (e.g. the tourist market). For example, furniture and eco-bricks can be made out of plastics (e.g. Newtech Recycling), natural fertilizers and biogas are a product of decomposing leftover foods, and glass and metals can be turned into art (e.g. Katundu). To enable local cooperatives to reuse waste, this resource needs to be collected, transported, sorted and stored at an easily accessible location. By Life Connected will facilitate this. In addition, By Life Connected will support the local cooperatives through coaching and empowering them and connecting them with a market.
Through the reuse of waste generated in the GKE, the ‘Waste to Wealth’ Initiative creates an active link between wildlife and communities such that engagement is direct, strong and sustainable over the long term. As a result, threats for the GKE like poaching and deforestation can be mitigated while contributing to the sustainable development of Nalusanga community.