Technical Papers and Notes

2015 RURAL AGRICULTURAL LIVELIHOODS SURVEY REPORT

By IAPRI Team

The Rural Agricultural Livelihood Survey (RALS) is a new panel survey designed to obtain a comprehensive picture of Zambia’s small- and medium-scale farming sector using the 2010 census sampling frame. An earlier household panel survey for rural Zambia was the Supplemental Surveys (SS) of 2001, 2004 and 2008, which enabled the publication of a large set of important research outputs by IAPRI, Michigan State University and a range of Zambian and international partner organizations. However, the SS was based on the 2000 Census and considered to be increasingly unable to provide a statistically representative picture of rural livelihoods and the agricultural sector in light of major demographic changes between 2000 and 2010. Download full report.

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CAN MARKET AGENTS PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURAL SUPPLY CHAINS DEVELOPMENT IN ZAMBIA? A CASE STUDY OF LIMA LINKS HORTICULTURAL PRICE INFORMATION SYSTEM. Technical Paper No. 4. December, 2015.

By Munguzwe Hichaambwa and Nyamwaya Munthali

Smallholder horticultural supply chains in Zambia have suffered not only from dysfunctional wholesale market ownership and management systems but also the lack of reliable market information systems that can Read more....

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THE FISHERIES SECTOR IN ZAMBIA: STATUS, MANAGEMENT, AND CHALLENGES. Technical Paper No. 3. August, 2015.

By Alexander Kefi Shula and Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka

The paper focuses on the status, management and challenges of the fisheries sector in Zambia. Using qualitative and quantitative data collected from the Department of Fisheries and Central Statistics Office, the paper's findings on the status are that the fisheries sector does not have a stand alone policy; the National Agricultural Policy for 2004-2015 governs the development of the sector and emphasizes fish resource management with little attention to aquaculture; the consumption per capita of fish in the country has declined from 12 kg in the 1970s to 7.7 kg in 2012; and aquaculture fish production has grown from 5000 tons per annum in 2006 to 20000 tons in 2013. The management of the sector shows that the government has introduced measures to increased fish production through the development of fishery specific management plans, aquaculture strategy, development plans and financing through the Citizen's Economic Empowerment Commission and the Aquaculture and Fisheries Fund. The challenges of the sector include low fish production and productivity, lack of fish storage facilities, unclear objectives in fisheries management, limited access to finances, and weak enforcement of regulations. The authors note that climate change also poses a major threat to the sector. They recommend that the Department of Fisheries be split into two, Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, there should be intensification of the existing agricultural institute's sections on fisheries and aquaculture, and the management of capture fisheries should be based on biological and socio-economic objectives. Read more....

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MAIZE MARKET COORDINATION IN ZAMBIA: AN ANALYSIS OF THE INCENTIVES AND OBSTACLE TO IMPROVED VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL MARKETING ARRANGEMENTS. Technical Paper No. 2. March, 2014.

By Jordan Chamberlin, Nicholas J. Sitko, Auckland Kuteya, Mary Lubungu and Solomon Tembo

Maize in Zambia is both the national staple food and the most commonly grown crop by smallholders. As a result, it is the primary focus of public expenditure on agriculture in the country. The legacy of state involvement in Zambia's maize sector dates back to the Read more...

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THE STATUS OF SMALLHOLDER LIVESTOCK IN ZAMBIA. Technical Paper No. 1. September, 2012

By  Mary Lubungu and Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka

The paper attempts to provide a comprehensive state of affairs on the smallholder livestock sector in Zambia. It begins by explaining the value or importance of the sector to the Zambian economy in terms of its contribution to national and agricultural GDP, smallholder household livelihood and export earnings. Using nationally representative primary data from the 2012 Rural Agricultural Livelihoods Survey (RALS12) and secondary data from a Report on Livestock Sector in Zambia by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in collaboration with other stakeholders, the paper's findings include the following: Read more...