As a Volunteer Ag Worker in Zambia, Amon is a Role Model to Others

As a Volunteer Ag Worker in Zambia, Amon is a Role Model to Others

“Lead by example” is the phrase which Amon keeps repeating to fellow volunteers who are dedicating part of their time to help their communities reliably grow more food. Amon, 42, is married with 4 children and takes care of his elderly mother. He is also a dedicated Agriculture Volunteer Worker (AVW) in FRB’s Zambia Eastern Program.

Amon was identified by his community to be trained as an AVW because of his passion for the wellbeing of his surrounding communities. After the training, Amon was motivated to try on his own farm some of the technologies he’d learned. He wanted to acquire the confidence he’d need when sharing his knowledge with other farmers.

The agro-forestry and conservation-farming innovations he’s been practicing are showing positive results. This in spite of the fact that he had to replant twice because of poor germination from the drought experienced before the rains finally came. He was able to harvest 18 x 50 kg bags of maize on the same piece of land where previously he was getting between 10 and 12 bags. He feels encouraged and has passed his enthusiasm on to his farmers. With the money he earns from selling excess produce, Amon hopes to build a modern house.

He recalls how he had been struggling every year to find work during the months of January and February to be able to buy food for his family. He says the biggest enemy in a household is hunger, and he wants to stand on his own rather than begging or receiving handouts. He says he believes the lessons taught by program staff will help him in the coming years, especially if the rains are favorable. He especially appreciates the practices of conservation farming because the cost of chemical fertilizers is prohibitive.

He thanks donors for the support they are giving to vulnerable farmers like him through the Zambia-Eastern program. He is grateful to be among the first to receive improved seeds such as maize, groundnuts, sunflower and cowpeas, and is honored to share his training and knowledge with his neighbors.

The Zambia-Eastern Program encompasses 3 communities, 2100 households and 12,600 individuals

03/20/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment