Soyabean value chain analysis in Zambia

By Brian P. Mulenga, Alefa Banda, Winnie Kasoma-Pele and Antony Chapoto

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 rise in smallholder farmers’ contribution to total production. Furthermore, the smallholder soybean sub-sector has shown increased potential for enhancing productivity and output owing to availability and uptake of improved production technologies.

With a rapidly growing livestock sector in the SADC region, including Zambia, regional and country-level demand for soybeans is on the increase and is expected to remain high in the foreseeable future. Therefore, the growing demand for soybeans presents a significant opportunity for regional soybeans value chain growth and trade, thus facilitating income growth for both producers, processors, and other value chain actors. However, the sector’s growth potential is hampered by a number of challenges including high production and transaction costs, poor transport infrastructure and uncertain trade policies. Addressing these challenges could help boost soybeans production and strengthen the value chain both locally and in the region. Therefore, the goal of this report is to provide an analysis of the soybeans value chain in Zambia and understand how to better address the constraints and exploit existing opportunities in the value chain. This will help inform the Regional Value Chain (RVC) of interventions and policies that should be prioritized to boost local production, marketing and promote intra-regional trade.

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