Silverlands Ranching Ltd (SRL)

Cattle feedlot production and key supplier to the Zambian beef market.

Project information

Committed budget
Budget dispersed
Cattle, sunflower, maize
Partner focus
Committed budget
Budget disbursed
Partner focus

Expected impact


Jobs created / maintained

Smallholder farmers linked to market
Increase in smallholder farmers' productivity

Jobs created / maintained

Smallholder farmers linked to market
Increase in smallholder farmers' productivity

SDU role

The SDU budget is being used to help SRL increase sustainably-sourced cattle and grains (sunflower and maize) from around 8,000 smallholder farmers in the local community by supporting outgrower operational running costs. This expansion is required for SRL to meet its three-year strategic growth plan and will become a centralised hub in the area, driving significant impact on smallholders up to 100km away from its main operations.

Smart investment and support
Accessing markets
Through its complementary Silverlands Livestock Improvement Community Program, SRL is creating a stable and accessible market for grain surplus and by-products by using them in cattle feed. This provides a strong market for cash crops, such as sunflower, that are more drought resistant than traditional maize and that improve farmer resilience. Initiatives are also underway to facilitate cattle farmers’ access to local markets by expanding feedlots, cattle dipping and veterinary services.

Our investments in Zambia

Investment Total invested Investment type Start date
CHC Commodities - Technical assistance 2017
Goldenlay - Debt / Equity 2019
Ilobezi Limited $1,200,000 Debt / Equity 2016
Katito Farming Enterprises Ltd $9,200,000 Debt / Equity 2017
Saise Farming Enterprises Ltd (SFEL) $5,715,000 Debt / Equity 2016
Silverlands Ranching Ltd (SRL) - Technical assistance 2018