We help transform subsistence farmers into profitable farmers with proven agricultural innovations.
Each cohort is provided agricultural training, loan options and technologies that are introduced over a 3-year period for easy adoption and repayment.
Improved Seed and Fertilizer
Upon acceptance into our program, our cohorts are promptly given a package of improved seed and fertilizer to be used on a shared plot. They get monthly climate-smart agricultural trainings for two full seasons to help them maximize their yield.
At the time of each cohort’s first harvest, we introduce PICS bags, a simple and cost-effective way of storing grain and seed without using chemicals to control insect pests. The multi-use, triple-layer bag allows farmers to store grain for longer, allowing them to sell when grain prices skyrocket. We subsidize a trial-size lot of PICS bags to each cohort and invite them to purchase additional bags from us.
Precision Soil Testing
We use the AgroCares near-infrared soil sensing device to test soil nutrients for each cohort and prescribe a customized fertilizer mix to optimize yields. Farmers can also purchase this mix on credit with a flexible repayment plan.
We subsidize the cost of a Lorentz or Futurepump solar-powered water pump that can replace their manual methods of drawing water from a hand-dug well. Crop irrigation will now take a fraction of the time and allow the farmers to harvest up to four times a year, as opposed to once or twice a year.
Crop yields can multiply exponentially with mechanized farm practices. Using a tractor embedded with an IoT device, we can monitor tractor usage, thus enabling us to offer tractor services to our cohorts. Manual farming processes, such as land preparation, planting and weeding, can now be entirely replaced with a tractor for a small fee.
We promote long-term economic development and private sector growth by procuring and implementing services and technologies in collaboration with local Zambian companies.
A Zambian for-profit social enterprise,
VITALITE supplies households with a
variety of solar products, including solar
A Zambian woman-owned
business diversified across the
agricultural sector, AfriSeed supplies
us with all of our agricultural inputs.
A start-up operating in Mozambique
and Zambia, the Kvuno Soil Lab
technicians provide rapid soil
Established in 1964, Polythene
Products is one of Zambia's oldest
manufacturing companies and is the
nation's sole producer of PICS bags.
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The Harvest Fund is a Zambian NGO and private company limited by guarantee.
The Harvest Fund is a US IRS 501(c)(3) registered organization.