Food processing provides the potential to create necessary jobs in Zambia’s rural areas, as well as strengthening the competitiveness of the broader value chain. In partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID), TechnoServe has launched the year long Private Enterprise Program Zambia in order to provide business development services to informal Zambian retailers. The project hopes to create over 360 new jobs – 40 percent for women – within the food processing sector and connect processors with more than 75 retailers. The food processors are linked to thousands of farmers and provide a ready market for their harvests. The project provides a means for the processing companies to enter the fragmented and sometimes cumbersome markets.