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
1.81
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
80.9
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Stunting
38.4
Percent*
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Rural
58.2
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Zambia (World Bank, 2015)
GDP
3.1
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 9.6% of added value (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
295
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$85
Million
Income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY15 from agricultural sales
Nutrition
42.2
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Zambia
Land
518
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$5.2
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY15
Zambia has the potential to be a breadbasket for southern Africa

Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa that has been relatively stable, 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. 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, near 80 percent, and Zambia ranks

Results by the Numbers

  • Nearly 295,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.

  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 518,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.

  • Feed the Future-supported producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $85 million.

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 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

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Zambia.

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