Over the last few centuries, large areas of wild habitats have been turned into agricultural land. What are the root causes of this sustainability challenge? And how can we resolve it?
In rural Zambia, the majority of the people are subsistence farmers. People openly admit to unsustainable use of the natural resources when they are struggling to feed their families. To counteract this trend, By Life Connected is facilitating the design of sustainable food systems.
We use a bottom-up community-led method of development that organizes and mobilizes the community. It incorporates the values “unity” and “if we take care of nature, nature will take care of us” in the decision-making process, providing direction towards sustainable projects.
We enable a communally driven system change leading to sustainable food systems, in which By Life Connected only supports and facilitates. The model of these sustainable food systems consists of four pillars:
Water Security - Food Security - Conservation Education - Sustainable Energy
This method is currently applied to areas with an agricultural focus, which resulted in these specific pillars. The strength of this method, is that it can be applied to areas with a different traditional focus, e.g. pastoralists or hunther/gatherers. This can result in a different sustainable food system design.