Zambia, a country the size of France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland combined, is often thought of as a struggling, developing country in Africa. While many statistics support this claim, Zambia is also a country showing true potential.
The Global Harvest Initiative 2015 GAP Report aggregated strategies, policies, and partnerships to help Zambia increase agricultural production for the South African region. These recommendations include:
70 percent of the economically-active population in Zambia currently works in agriculture; however, 96 percent cultivate fewer than 5 hectares (roughly 12 acres) of land. And while the agricultural community–which ranges from subsistence farmers to large-scale farmers–has seen significant growth in innovation, Zambia’s global food security index score is less than impressive, at 32.9 out of 100 and ranking 102 out of 109 countries. The increase in notoriety within the region is significant, yet high food prices and lack of diet diversity is proving challenging for the nation.
In Zambia, the capital stock per worker is less than $2,000, compared to the Eastern Asian region, which is about $14,000. This means a significant portion of farmers are not able to invest in technology that could allow for more efficient production practices.
Together, we must encourage and empower countries like Zambia to make investments in the necessary in innovations and practices that will help their respective nations thrive. This will ensure we can provide enough food for our growing population.