Zambia

Overview

Zambia has registered impressive economic growth in recent years. However, poverty is still widespread and the country continues to depend heavily on revenue from copper exports. Economic diversification was named top priority for a new government, elected in September 2011.

The government spends more than 10 percent of its budget on agriculture, traditionally in large part to support maize production. While recent reductions in the government’s maize subsidy program have led to uncertain times for many small farmers, the reductions have provided an opportunity for farmers to focus on other crops with strong market potential. TechnoServe is supporting key business and industries across the agricultural supply chain to achieve broad-based and inclusive economic growth, from smallholder farmers to food processors.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Solutions for African Food Enterprises

Solutions for African Food Enterprises (SAFE) is a multi-year program which aims to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector to expand availability of affordable and nutritious foods to local populations. The program builds upon a partnership with USAID, Partners in Food Solutions, and TechnoServe initiated under AAIFP in five countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia. SAFE harnesses the global technical expertise of skilled volunteer employees from PFS corporate partners (General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM, Bühler, Hershey, and Ardent Mills) and matches it with the local knowledge and business expertise of TechnoServe staff in order to build the capacity of small and growing food processors to produce and market quality, safe, and nutritious foods.

As of December 2016, four years into the program, 82 processors have benefited from customized technical assistance through 205 technology and business charters. As a direct result of SAFE’s assistance, these businesses have created 337 jobs, established 95 new market linkages, and sold 55,852 metric tons of improved, nutritious food. Supported food processors have made new investments of over $9.6 million.

SAFE additionally provides sector-wide training to broader processor groups, universities, service providers, and industry bodies to strengthen their knowledge base so they are better able to serve their companies and support the sector. So far, we have conducted 43 trainings in business strategy and planning, and technical areas (e.g. good manufacturing practices, food fortification, processing, aflatoxin control, baking, milling technology). These trainings have reached 1,162 individuals from 883 different processors.

Explore SAFE's interactive e-books: the Agri-Business Management Handbook and the Handbook for Food Fortification in Kenya.
 

Partners in Food Solutions-TechnoServe Alliance

The Partners in Food Solutions (PFS)-TechnoServe Alliance matches the expertise of leading global food companies with the needs of African-based food processing companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia.
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Technical Assistance Facility

Access to finance is an obstacle to entrepreneurship, particularly in the agricultural sector in Africa. The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), a private equity fund, was created to help increase investment in agriculture and agribusiness in the region with the ultimate objective of increasing food security. TechnoServe serves as the implementing agency of the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), which provides technical assistance to the portfolio companies invested in by the AAF. The TAF is funded primarily by the European Union and managed by IFAD. As of 2016 the TAF has funded 32 projects with 10 portfolio companies across Africa and supported five SMEs with their growth strategies. TAF has committed €3.6m and has €3.4m remaining for projects in the pipeline.
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Promoting the Food Processing Sector

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.

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Commercializing Therapeutic Food Supplements

As an implementing partner of the Thrive program, an initiative of the US Agency for International Development, TechnoServe, with support from PATH and Partners in Food Solutions, is helping to support an innovative program to improve the nutritional status of people living with HIV and developing new market opportunities for local food processors and retailers. TechnoServe is working with selected Zambian food processors to commercialize affordable fortified food supplements known as HEPS through both clinical settings and private retail outlets. Partners in Food Solutions, a consortium of multinational food processing companies, is also lending expertise to the project by providing state-of-the-art technical assistance to processors, including market testing, product safety/certification and distribution strategy. TechnoServe has assisted in the distribution of over 540 tons of HEPS to 34 health facilities in Central, Copperbelt, Eastern and Southern provinces. TechnoServe is also conducting a market survey in Eastern and Copperbelt provinces to understand the decision making habits and buying patterns of target clients.

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Blog Posts

September 17, 2015

Unlocking Opportunities for Soy Farmers in Zambia

Agnes Ndililwa is using market knowledge to build a thriving agribusiness and help grow Zambia’s soybean industry.

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August 26, 2015

TechnoServe Project Named a Finalist for P3 Impact Awards

TechnoServe’s work to improve food security in East Africa will be honored at the Concordia Summit.

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Contact

TechnoServe Zambia

Stand No. 35258
Kasalu Road, Kabulonga
Lusaka, Zambia

Jacob Ulrich

Country Director
julrich@tns.org

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