- National Directorate of Livestock (DINAP), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mozambique;
- Department of Veterinary and Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Zambia
The project is aimed at improving the volume and value of the marketable off-take of live beef cattle through the enhanced productivity and quality of livestock, thereby increasing the incomes and livelihoods of traditional small and medium scale cattle farmers in the selected regions of Mozambique and Zambia. A total of 1500 cattle farmers, evenly spread between the two implementing countries are directly targeted by the project. The project undertakes numerous training courses on a broad range of topics linked to livestock productivity and marketing. Other activities include training of farmers, lead-farmers and facilitators, especially on areas of market access, improved feeds and feeding and animal health services. The combination of training and extension services will offer small & medium scale farmers the opportunity to market their cattle to the best advantage, thus benefiting of increased incomes, as a result of improved productivity of livestock and improved access to the formal market for their live cattle. The project was effectively launched in August 2011 in Maputo, During the first year of project implementation, activities have been focusing mainly on setting up the project structure and personnel on field, acquiring the foreseen equipment, gathering base line data on the livestock sector in both implementing countries, providing training for livestock extension and animal health personnel on cattle feeding and animal husbandry and field demonstrations for cattle farmers, producing technical extension materials in the form of fact sheets and manuals on herd management. A first steering committee meeting and field visit to the target farmers in Mongu, Western Zambia has been held in October 2012. The mission highlighted significant progress in terms of organization and management, training of extension staff and updating of training materials (posters & manuals), while some delays have been registered on farmers’ training and on market access-related activities which will be considered as a priority in the first half of Year II.