Zambia

Country Profile
Zambia
In Zambia, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Zambia and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
14.5
Million
Number of people living in Zambia (World Bank, 2013)
Poverty
79.8
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
45.5
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
60
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Zambia (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
6.4
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 18 percent of added value (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
91.2
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
$90
Million
Value of Feed the Future farmer sales in FY13
Nutrition
8.7
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13
Land
21.5
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
$8.5
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Zambia has the potential to be a breadbasket for southern Africa

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*

  • More than 91,200 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on more than 21,510 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold nearly $90 million (USD) worth of agricultural products.
  • Feed the Future leveraged nearly $8.5 million (USD) in new private investment in food and agriculture in Zambia.
  • U.S. Government nutrition programs reached more than 8

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:

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Target Regions

Map of Zambia with Feed the Future target regions indicated