Villages as a Source of Urban Poverty
The challenges faced by farmers in rural villages, including food insecurity, drive internal migration to urban areas. In Zambia, an alarming 48% of the urban population, nearly all of them migrants from rural villages in crisis, resides in slum conditions. Tevel's approach is dedicated to preserving the essence of small-scale farming communities, ensuring that they have the opportunity to remain in their villages connected to their cultural roots and free from dangerous working conditions in urban slums. If they choose to migrate to urban areas, we also wish to ensure that they do so from a position of strength rather than desperation. Our methodology creates an environment conducive to sustainable livelihoods, facilitating the shift from subsistence farming to small-scale commercial agriculture for rural communities. Our comprehensive, community-driven approach harmonizes traditional and agroecological practices, guaranteeing food security. This, in turn, obviates the need for migration to urban slums, where, unfortunately, newcomers often find themselves trapped in deeper cycles of poverty.