The Zambian – German Agricultural Knowledge & Training Centre, in short AKTC, is a bilateral cooperation project within the bilateral co-operation program of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

On policy level, the Zambian Ministry of Livestock and Agriculture and the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture partners the AKTC. The partners on implementation level are the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust (GART) and the Zambian National Farmers Union (ZNFU).

Zambia has excellent conditions for agricultural production. Approximately 22 percent of Zambia’s land is suitable for agricultural production, but today less than one third of the suitable land is utilized.

The agricultural sector in Zambia absorbs two third of the workforce and is the major source of income for the rural population. Although the agricultural production increased steadily during the past years, an increase of income and a reduction of poverty within the rural population could not be observed.

This is where the work of the AKTC starts. Hands on trainings on modern agricultural equipment and adopted crop production systems for grain and potatoes shall contribute to an increased yield. The trainings emphasize on the sustainable usages of natural resources and are open to all players in the industry, especially to farmers who produce for the markets.

AKTC is located on the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust (GART). On 72ha the AKTC implements field trials and demonstrations, it grows soya, wheat and potatoes. The venues for the trainings are on the farm, in the workshop or in the classroom.

 

Twelve private sector partners from Europe support the Zambian – German Agricultural Knowledge and Training Centre. The mainly German partners supply agricultural equipment, plant protection and seed potatoes to the project. The private sector partners also contribute to the practical trainings of the project. AKTC hopes to attract Zambian partners to join in the near future.

The activities of the centre address farm-managers, technical staff of farms and service providers as well as other stakeholder in the industry like educational institutions. Field days, press conferences and publications will inform the public about the activities and findings of the AKTC.

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