Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) is one of the Social Apostolates of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the Southern Africa Province. KATC which was established in 1974, is a farmer-training centre situated 30 km North - East of Lusaka, 10km from the Kenneth Kaunda International airport.
Promoting organic agriculture
KATC aims to empower rural communities to improve their livelihoods and facilitate holistic and democratic rural development through training, extension, research, market development, lobbying and advocacy and appropriate sustainable organic agriculture technologies and practices.
KATC’s overall goal is to contribute to the creation of a gradually improving rural structure with a view of fostering an improvement in productivity, food security, income and rural livelihoods while conserving the environment.
training & research
Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) offers short courses in a variety of topics related to or springing from sustainable organic agriculture (SOA). KATC researches and documents sustainable organic agriculture technologies and practices.
extension & production unit
KATC extension workers visit and give follow-up advice to farmers who have undergone training. KATC has a commercial production unit to serve as a model for SOA, to support practical training and for income generation.
lobbying and advocacy
KATC, through its lobbying and advocacy effort, has over the years acted as a mouth piece for small-scale farmers who are in most cases left out of debates on issues that affect them.