Fruit & vegetables
During the 2020/21 season, 5,032 smallholder farmers achieved 4,324.5 metric tons commodity volume enabling producers to achieve an average earning of 2,958 Euros per annum. The number of hectares under sustainable management is 6,234 ha.
A total of 75,091 smallholder farmers recorded 246,625 metric tons produced under better management practices, showing 65 percent change and improvement in yield and/or productivity. The number of hectares under sustainable management is 153,694 ha.
The number of smallholder producers that implement good practices increased from 390 to 478 with a percentage share of 65 percent of women in decision-making roles. The number of hectares under sustainable management is 60,700 ha.
Expanding reach and deepening impact
In 2021 we continued with our holistic approach that supports smallholder farmers through every step of the value chain. With more farmers trained in climate-smart practices, and greater resources on the market and policy level, we’re moving closer to our vision of a fair and sustainable supply chain.
Most Significant Changes
KATETE SOYBEAN FARMER PROVES THAT AGRICULTURE IS MORE THAN JUST COWS & PLOUGHS
As a result of solidaridad interventions which consist of access to certified seeds, inoculants and soil tests, the average productivity of soybeans in Zambia has been consistently increasing from 500kg per hectare in 2018 to 1120kg per hectare in 2021, highlighting the potential for smallholder farmers to benefit from soybean production to support sustainable livelihoods.
IMPROVED LIVELIHOODS AMONG LIVESTOCK FARMING WOMEN AND YOUTH IN ITEBE, ZAMBIA
Solidaridad and Grassroots Trust partnered to empower women livestock farmers with skills diversification through the Nambola project. With a focus on skills development and local access to resources, women are reporting increased savings, income diversification and positive outcomes throughout the community.
INCREASING DIGITAL ADOPTION AMONGST SMALLHOLDERS THROUGH WHATSAPP
The WADI Virtual Assistant serves as a nexus between farmer and extension officer. The virtual assistant enables the two to interact with and access information from multiple sources (satellites, weather services, soil testing, and logistics) with ease.
The power of inclusivity
Creating change that lasts
Making positive change that sticks requires an inclusive and bottom-up approach. Throughout our programmes, we emphasized appropriate and accessible digital solutions and finance, while maintaining a gender and youth lens to ensure that everyone truly benefits from the interventions.
Organization & Governance
Keeping people at the centre
Walking the walk
Fairness and sustainability are at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we’ve continued to identify ways to support staff throughout the Covid pandemic, and searched for opportunities to reach new communities with creative partnerships and learning.
Solidaridad in Southern Africa reported an income of Euro 2.6 million in 2021, compared to a budget of Euro 3.4 million which meant a realization of 77% of budgeted income. The negative variance was a result of delays in the signing of contracts with the World Food Programme and Danone for implementation in Egypt, some unsuccessful funding applications as well as underspending in the Reclaim Sustainability programme throughout the region. Some of the initial activities in the Reclaim Sustainability program were delayed in the first year of implementation as activities were scaling up as well as being negatively impacted by COVID travel restrictions and it is anticipated that this will be caught up in the 2022.
Expenditure for the year was also below budget at Euro 2.9 million compared to a budget of Euro 3.4 million, representing 86% of budgeted expenditure. The under expenditure was primarily due to the delayed project implementation on the two projects that were not signed during the year as well as due to the under expenditure on the Reclaim Sustainability programme.
The overall deficit for the year will be funded through foreign exchange reserves brought forward from previous years.
The audited financial accounts will be added when they become available.