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Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa that has experienced relative stability, 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 (GDP). 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 at 80 percent and Zambia ranks among the top
Results by the numbers*
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 (USD) 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 has committed
USAID activities in Zambia: