Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa with a population of about 16 million people. The agricultural sector contributes around 20% to GDP and employs 67% of the workforce. Although the government considers the agricultural sector to be the most important engine for economic development, the increase in agri­cultural production was not able to keep up with growth in the domestic demand. Maize is by far the most important agricultural crop, both in terms of cultivated land area and exports. Other important supply chains include soybean, cotton, peanuts, beans, milk, and poultry. Undernutrition is a pressing problem in Zambia, as half the popultion is unable to meet minimum dietary energy requirements and is chronically undernourished. This translates into high  stunting rates, affecting 40% of children.

Read the full country dossier here, see the Zambia farmer innovation contest page here, and read the country innovation study on the status of agricultural innovations, innovation platforms and innovation investments in Zambia here.

Agricultural Typology of Zambia:

Source: Maruyama et al. (2018)


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