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Zambia is one of the 36 countries where we do research work in agriculture. Zambia is in our Eastern and Southern Africa region.
Chickens for sale at Kasama Market.  (Photo: Isaac Jere.)

Zambia is a politically stable, lower middle income country.  It is the second largest copper producer in Africa after the Democratic Republic of Congo, but is vulnerable to falling commodity prices.

It has been one of the world’s fastest growing economies for the last 10 years, but two-thirds of its population are still poor, especially in rural areas.  A high birth rate that is expected to triple the population by 2050; high HIV/AIDS levels; and market-distorting agricultural and energy policies also cause problems.

Zambia was a founding member of both the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) which is headquartered in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. 


  • Developing locally-appropriate agroforestry systems for semi-arid and sub-humid regions that can help farmers to improve food security and livelihoods, diversify their farming systems, enhance climate resilience and improve land management practices across farming landscapes.
  • Improve market access for agroforestry products and strengthen community-private sector partnerships through Innovation Platforms
  • Nutrition and agroforestry
  • Food security