Category: Working Paper

Zambia agriculture status report – 2021

The performance of rainfall in the 2020/21 agricultural season was normal to above normal rainfall, with most parts of the country receiving sufficient amounts of rain and even having incidents of flooding. This was an improvement from the two previous seasons. The agricultural sector contributed 17.2 percent to the Gross Domestic Product, the highest in […]

Building back better: vulnerability and climate resilience in rural Zambia

One of the major shocks threatening Zambia’s agricultural sector is climate change and variability, with the smallholder subsector being more vulnerable owing to its heavy dependence on rain -fed production systems. Climatic shocks such as droughts and floods affect both crop and livestock productivity and production, with ripple effects on national food security. Indirectly, these […]

Developing sustained tools for managing financial constraints among women and youth-led agro-based SMEs

Access to credit remains critical to Small and Medium Enterprise’s (SMEs) growth and private sector employment creation. Accessing finances promotes the business’s establishment and development, covers day-to-day expenses, and is critical in recruiting additional staff. Ultimately, the growth of SMEs benefits the economy in general by accelerating economic growth and intensifying competition. However, access to […]

2021 Zambia food security and nutrition report

Having a productive workforce is partly dependant on what they consume. Though seemingly understated in policy pronouncements, food security and nutrition are critical for human development and social and economic development. While this is so, the long-standing poverty faced by a significant proportion of the Zambian population is a major hindrance. Malnutrition which is manifested […]

Adoption and diffusion of orange-fleshed sweet potato in Zambia

Bio-fortified crops have been identified as an effective approach to mitigate micro-nutrient deficiency which currently affects more than half of the global population mostly in low income countries. In Zambia, Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) is one of the most common micro-nutrient deficiencies and remains a major concern affecting mostly children and women in rural households. […]

2020/2021 Zambian maize outlook and regional analysis

COVID-19 pandemic shaped most of the conversations around agricultural marketing and trade in 2020. Luckily, the pandemic did not affect maize production in Zambia as the first cases and restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic were reported just before harvest. Thus, the major concerns regarding the pandemic and the agricultural sector had to […]

Zambia agriculture status report – 2020

The agricultural sector in Zambia plays a key role in providing livelihoods for the country’s population. It continues to be the biggest employer in the informal sector and provides the highest proportion of formal employment opportunities across all economic sectors in the country (CSO, 2019). The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia brought to […]

Zambia food security and nutrition report 2020

Food insecurity and malnutrition, in all its forms including undernutrition (stunting, wasting and underweight) remain among the most daunting development challenges in Zambia. Five years after committing to ending hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition, the country remains far off track to achieve these objectives by 2030 in line with Goal # 2 […]

Soyabean value chain analysis in Zambia

Soybeans in Zambia has been identified as one of priority value chains with considerable potential for improving nutrition outcomes, income generation, job creation opportunities, particularly for women and youth, and trade. The soybeans market is increasing rapidly, with commercial farmers producing the bulk of the crop in Zambia. The past five years has seen a […]

The role of policy and institutions in greening the charcoal value chain in Zambia

In Zambia, agricultural land expansion is responsible for 90 percent of forest cover loss, followed by settlement expansion and infrastructure development; its annual deforestation estimated between 167,000 and 300,000 hectares is among the highest worldwide. Charcoal is becoming an increasingly important driver of deforestation and forest degradation due to its increasing role as a cooking […]