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A monitoring and evaluation report of the Conservation Agriculture Project (CAP1) in Zambia

The Conservation Agriculture Project 1 (CAP1) was a project implemented by the Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) of the Zambian National Farmers Union (ZNFU) from 2006 to 2011. The project focused on the Eastern, Southern and Central regions and had a target to reach 120,000 farm households. Project activities included promotion of different tillage methods like basins (30cm long, 15 wide and 20cm deep) and ripping, promotion of tuber and grain legumes through distribution of plant material and promotion of tree planting of Faidherbida albida and Jatropha curcas. The project has built up an extension system based on regional coordinators (CFU staff), farm coordinators, contact farmers and associate farmers. Noragric was given the role to monitor the project. Household surveys, field measurements and field visits were undertaken by two PhD students from Zambia, Norwegian M.Sc students and staff from Noragric.