Riverside Farm Institute

This is a Christian centre serving the needs of the community through a variety of ministries, with a well-stocked Christian bookshop and a world class wellness centre. Riverside Farm Institute offers 5 adult education programmes which are ideal for Christian school leavers interested in learning practical ways of earning a living or reaching out to people in their communities. More information is available on the Riverside Farm Institute website.


Skills training in Kafue, Zambia

Riverside Farm Institute is a Christian centre serving the needs of the community through a variety of ministries, with a well-stocked Christian bookshop and a world class wellness centre. It currently runs medical missionary outreach programmes, a lifestyle centre, a farm and several small-scale industries.
  • A well-established training centre
  • A Christian centre serving the needs of the community
  • Well-stocked Christian bookshop and a world class wellness centre
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Riverside Farm Institute began in 1974 when the then owner Dr Foster invited Wildwood Sanitarium and Hospital in the US to send a group of pioneer medical and educational missionaries. Since then there have been American missionaries at Riverside. Riverside is now a multicultural hub represented by volunteer missionaries and workers from three continents and six different countries.

The institute is a supporting ministry working in co-operation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its mission is four-fold: to train, evangelise, serve the community and be self-sustaining. The Institute is a member of two international organisations – Outpost Centers International and Adventist Laymen’s Services & Industries.

Course details
Riverside Farm Institute runs the following courses:-

  • Scientific gardening
  • Tailoring course
  • Lifestyle educator course
  • Evangelism course
  • Nutrition seminar

Except for the nutrition seminar which lasts one week, all programmes are four months courses. Separate dormitories are available for male and female students, and there is a clinic and a library on campus.

Application process
Prospective students should apply by completing and submitting an application form. Further details and down-loadable application forms are available on the Riverside Farm Institute website. After applying, qualifying students are informed by letter of their acceptance. A non-refundable deposit of K200,000 secures a study place. The balance of the tuition fees is payable on arrival. Students wishing to study Evangelism or take the Lifestyle Educator course also need a recommendation letter from their pastor or church.

Foreign students should contact the Education department at least four months prior to the start of their chosen course as they will need to apply for a study permit.

Current fees
Except for the Nutrition Seminar, courses last four months and fees include accommodation, tuition and meals. All fees are subject to change, errors and omissions excepted.

If you have any queries, contact the Education Secretary Mr Mutaka using the contact details on the right. Or download the online application form to submit your application.

From Lusaka, drive south along Kafue Road towards Chirundu. Crossing Kafue River bridge, keep straight for about 500m after the police checkpoint. Turn off to the left at the large Riverside Farm Institute sign. You will reach the gate after 3 kilometres.

Cost for self-sponsored Zambians:

  • Scientific gardening, K1,020
  • Tailoring, K1,300
  • Lifestyle Educator, K1,100
  • Evangelism, K900
  • Nutrition (5 day course), K160

Cost for sponsored Zambians:

  • Scientific gardening, K1,120
  • Tailoring, K1,400
  • Lifestyle, Educator K1,200
  • Evangelism, K1,000
  • Nutrition (5 day course), K200

Cost for students coming from abroad:

  • Scientific gardening, US$700
  • Tailoring, US$700
  • Lifestyle Educator, US$700
  • Evangelism, US$700
  • Nutrition (5 day course) US$700

Contact information

Riverside Farm Riverside Road, Kafue, Zambia
P.O. Box
PO Box 360053, Kafue
Enquire below
+260 211 212415
+260 977 668924

Opening times

08:00 – 17:00
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08:00 – 13:00