The Project

St Mary’s Minor Seminary [male boarding school for ages 12 – 20 years] with the support of the Diocese of Chipata in Zambia has requested a Farm Management/Mentor.  The school farm has been established but needs development assistance to achieve the income generating objective.  Currently the farm has 26 cows and oxen, 49 goats and 60 pigs.  The farm has a fruit orchard and grows vegetables [maize, soya beans and sunflower].

The Location

The St Mary’s Minor Seminary is located on the outskirts of Chipata [approximately 1,100 metres above sea level] in the Eastern Province of Zambia close to the Malawi border [110 km from Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi].  Chipata town is located about 600kms from Lusaka [capital of Zambia].   The population of Chipata district is approximately 85,963.

The Challenge

  • Agricultural development is critical for achieving inclusive growth and poverty reduction in Zambia.
  • Zambia now ranks second only to Ethiopia for maize yields in Africa
  • Majority of the agricultural budget is used to subsidize inputs for maize production and maize markets.
  • Despite achieving annual growth rates of more than 6% in agriculture, crop yields remain low by international standards and rural poverty rates remain high at about 80%.
  • Growth without poverty reduction suggests that income inequality in rural areas is growing rapidly, while limited progress is being made to improve the productivity of small-scale farms.
  • In 2018 Zambia was ranked the fifth-hungriest country according to the Global Hunger Index’s criteria of undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality

About You

The Palms participant will need to demonstrate:

  • Suitable Degree or qualification in agriculture, agribusiness or farming
  • Experience with training and mentoring
  • Experience in farm management and income generation
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Willingness to work in remote Zambia for two years
  • Willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role.

How You Will Help

Through your overseas placement you will contribute to development of local skills that will increase opportunity for increased food security and successful farming income generation:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in effective, sustainable farming practices and management.
  • Recognise the economic and nutritional benefits of creating sustainable agriculture processes within their community.
  • Able to manage an income-generating farm that supports St Mary’s Minor Seminary


Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment. Read more about what is covered in our FAQ.


To find out more or to apply, please contact Christine O’Halloran, Programs & Placement Coordinator on 02 9560 5333 or at [email protected].

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