Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa that has been relatively stable, setting it apart from many of its neighbors. Good macroeconomic performance over the last decade coupled with consistent, rapid growth in mining, construction, telecommunications and tourism has helped spur strong growth in gross domestic product. In fact, the World Bank reclassified Zambia as a lower-middle-income country in 2011—an upward adjustment—due to increased foreign investment and surging copper prices.
Yet the majority of Zambians have not benefitted from this economic growth and stability. Poverty remains high in rural areas, near 80 percent, and Zambia ranks
Results by the Numbers
Nearly 295,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 518,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.
Feed the Future-supported producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $85 million.
Recognizing that broad-based economic growth is needed to reduce poverty and improve food security for millions of Zambians, the Government of Zambia is focusing on increasing farmer incomes, particularly for smallholder farmers who depend heavily on subsistence agriculture. Thanks to a successful Global Agriculture and Food Security Program proposal, the Government of Zambia is investing over $31 million in irrigation that will benefit smallholder farmers.
Feed the Future’s investments support Zambia’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Compact. Through its CAADP Compact, the Government of Zambia
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Zambia.
Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING)
Better Life Alliance Partnership