Zambia

Country Profile
Zambia
Population
13
million
Zambia has one of the lowest population densities in Africa
GDP Growth
5
percent
The GDP growth rate averaged 5% in the past decade
Poverty
80
percent
Rural poverty stayed at 80% for the past 20 years; urban poverty declined to 34%
Agriculture
80
percent
80% of Zambians depend on the agriculture sector for their livelihoods
Stunting
45
percent
More than 45% of children under 5 suffer from stunting
Chronic undernutrition remains a major challenge, particularly in rural areas

With 47 years of independence and more than 40 ethno-linguistic groups, Zambia has experienced relative stability that sets it apart from many of its neighbors. Good macroeconomic performance, coupled with consistent, rapid growth in mining, construction, telecommunications, and tourism, has helped spur GDP growth of more than 5 percent per year for the decade ending in 2010.

The World Bank reclassified Zambia as a lower-middle-income country in 2011, reporting that foreign aid-driven interventions and surging prices of copper in the last few decades resulted in the upward adjustment in Zambia’s income growth. Under continuous civilian rule since independence, Zambia has

Over the next five years in Zambia, Feed the future aims to help an estimated 263,000 vulnerable Zambian women, children and family members—mostly smallholder farmers—escape hunger and poverty. More than 173,000 children will be reached with services to improve their nutrition and prevent stunting and child mortality. Significant numbers of additional rural populations will achieve improved income and nutritional status from strategic policy engagement and institutional investments.

To meet its objectives, Feed the Future Zambia is making core investments in four key areas:

1. Oilseeds, legumes, maize and horticulture value chains

Target Regions

Map of Zambia