Conservation Farming Unit (CFU)
The Conservation Farming Unit works to provide small and medium scale farmers with the environment, knowledge and practical experience to help them successfully adopt Conservation Farming and Conservation Agriculture practices. The main thrust of their work is hands-on extension training, using lead farmers, in their own farming communities.
The CFU also works to stimulate the demand for and supply of necessary CF tools, inputs and services, through relationships with tillage service providers and private sector agro input supply companies, both at the national level and the community shop level. CFU’s relationships with the private sector are also increasingly extending to link the technical and market opportunities available to the successful CF farmers.
The Conservation Farming Unit, begun in Zambia in 1996, now trains over 100,000 farmers each year in Zambia alone on Conservation Farming and Conservation Agriculture. Widely respected, it has developed and promotes practical min-till technologies for real farmers, whether they use hoes, animal draft power or mechanised power to prepare their land. Supported by the Royal Norwegian Government, it also works with partners in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.See more