‘My passion has always been in agricultural so that I can help develop our area in the technical aspects of farming machines.’ Geoffrey strives for economic reformation and development in the Chongwe district together with the Ecumenical Development Foundation.
In his community, many farmers also use nearby streams to supplement diets and income with fishing. However, conflicts arise between men and women, over who can take leadership roles. One of Geoffrey’s recent projects has been to train female ex-convicts in agricultural technology operations so that they may develop their own incomes. He teaches agricultural techniques and equipment maintenance to ensure his neighbors can operate their own farms more effectively.
In addition, Geoffrey has written grant requests to support the local farm industry through land restorative measurements. His efforts provide much-needed aid to farmers during drought and help sustain the community’s primary source of income. Geoffrey hopes to create a brighter future for the community and promote sustainable farming practices that will mitigate the effects of climate change.
At ARI, Geoffrey hopes to learn techniques to maximize efficiency and self-sufficiency, especially for livestock raising. After returning to Zambia, he looks forward to improving his community’s livelihood by training farmers in aquaculture and improved self-sufficiency.
Ecumenical Development Foundation has a variety of target groups that are trained and rehabilitated into society. Ex-Convicts of female penitentiaries around Lusaka are trained in design and tailoring. Female children living on the streets of Lusaka city center are recruited and taught about poultry, piggery, agriculture, and designing and tailoring. After his ARI training, Geoffrey will deepen EDF’s training courses and improve the lives of women in Lusaka.