The Liteta Project aims to improve food production, natural resource management, agricultural practices, and supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS amongst households in Zambia’s Central Province. The project is supported by grants from the UK Big Lottery Fund and Development Fund of Norway, and is being implemented by local partners OPAD(Organization for the Promotion of Meaningful Development through Active Participation).
Work is taking place amongst 2,000 households in the Chibombo District of Central Province, Zambia. The central town of Chibombo lies near the Lukanga Swamp, and is 95 km north of Lusaka and 45 km south-west of Kabwe on the Great North Road.
Zambia is one of Sub-Saharan Africa's most highly urbanized countries, with almost half of the country’s 11.5 million people living in urban areas. Rural economic development has been slow however, and challenges such as population growth, HIV/AIDS, and poor services make rural communities amongst the poorest in the country.
The country’s public debt remains extremely high, although it has fallen from over 130% of GDP in 2004 to a level of just over 31%. Zambia is a major exporter of copper, although most people rely on small-scale agriculture for their survival.
The objective of the project is to increase household food security for 2,000 households by promoting improved farming practices and supporting sustainable natural resource management activities.
A range of initiatives are being carried out to increase farm production amongst 2,000 households by end of project.
Work is also taking place to sustainably improve the management of natural resources, people living with HIV/AIDS are being targeted for specific supports, and activities are being carried out to enable 300 poor and vulnerable families to increase their income through local enterprise projects and activities.
The project is working closely with local community based organisations (CBOs) and local government to improved local services, and access to resources and land.