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Eight provinces benefit from Heifer project

MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
ABOUT 90,000 families in eight provinces are benefiting from the passing on the gift project being implemented by Heifer International Zambia.
Heifer International Zambia director of programmes Nachimuka Cheepa said in an interview recently that 60 percent of the beneficiaries are women.
“Our objective is to end hunger and poverty through the provision of physical assets such as livestock to improve food security,” Ms Cheepa said.
She said household food security has improved in the operational areas and women are becoming financially independent.
“When a woman is empowered with knowledge and assets, they are able to take care of themselves and the children and it is one way that helps reduce gender-based violence as they will no longer depend on their husbands,” she said.
She said as the world commemorates the 16 days of activism against GBV, it is important for all stakeholders to prioritise gender equality.
Ms Cheepa said Zambia still needs to make frantic efforts to achieve the SADC protocol of gender 50/50 as there are few women in decision- making positions.
She said sustainable development of any nation is only attainable through equal opportunities for men and women.
“Women find difficulties in accessing important resources such as land and property, this is why our organisation is focussing on the empowerment of women,” she said.
Ms Cheepa said Heifer International Zambia has embarked on a three-year project dubbed Increasing women smallholder farmers agents and leadership in rural livelihoods aimed at engaging women co-operatives with service providers to market their products.

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