USAID/Zambia Economic Development Office - Policy Strengthening Project

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A Zambian woman sells her produce at a local market.
The Feed the Future Zambia Policy Strengthening Project tackles rural poverty and hunger through sound research, policy analysis, outreach, and capacity building.
USAID/Zambia Anafrida Bwenge

The Feed the Future Zambia Policy Strengthening Project tackles rural poverty and hunger through sound research, policy analysis, outreach, and capacity building. The project builds on the prior work of USAID’s Food Security Research Project through the Zambia Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), a Zambia-based think tank dedicated to agricultural policy research and advocacy.

The activity enables IAPRI to continue contributing evidence-based recommendations that facilitate the growth of the agricultural sector and contribute to sustainable environmental management.


The USAID/Zambia Policy Strengthening Project carries out agricultural policy research and outreach activities enabling the agricultural sector in Zambia to achieve sustainable and broad-based pro-poor agricultural development. In order to achieve this goal, the project enhances smallholder agricultural productivity, expands agricultural markets and trade, improves natural resource management, and expands the resilience of vulnerable households to external shocks.

  • Life of Project: May 2015 – May 2020
  • Location: National
  • Implementing Partner: Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI)
  • Executive Director: Antony Chapoto
  • USAID Investment (Life of Project): $6.1 million


  • Using project recommendations, the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) implemented the flexible electronic voucher subsidy in the agricultural sector from 2015. By 2016 the program created over 3,000 jobs. In the first year (2015) 15% of the households started diversifying from maize.
  • Using project recommendations, the GRZ maintains a Strategic Maize Grain Reserve of less than 500,000 metric tons, which saves the local government’s Treasury millions of Zambian Kwacha that can be invested in other critical areas of the economy.
  • The project promotes and recommends the participation of the private sector in agricultural commodity markets. Before these recommendations were taken on board, it was not uncommon to have over 1 million metric tons of Strategic Maize Grain Reserves.
  • Key institutions have used project research results to refine and better target their interventions. For example, Musika Initiatives nutrition program targeting 40,000 households is based on project research results.


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