Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture



Project area

With nearly half of the population reported to be food insecure and high rates of under nutrition especially for children, Zambia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Despite recent increases in maize yields due to fertilizer and seed subsidy packages, the overall smallholder production is lower than in Latin America and Asia. Nutrient mining, soil erosion and poor water management have been identified as limiting factors for the country. Moreover, Zambia has one of the world’s highest deforestation rates, at nearly 16 percent over the period 1990-2005.

The combination of high food insecurity, relatively low yields, high deforestation and localized land degradation leave Zambia particularly vulnerable to climate change. According to recent estimates, it is expected that the country will face higher temperatures, shortened growing seasons and increased frequency of severe climate events. Substantial increases in food insecurity, particularly in the southern and central regions are predicted and it is estimated that by 2055 maize yields will decline while variability of yields will increase perhaps dramatically.

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Research activities

Following an initial stakeholder consultation in collaboration with the Zambian Government, the project identified the following areas that could be analyzed and further developed to provide policy insights and develop investment proposals that would enhance food security:

1. Agro forestry/perennials
2. Legume crop rotation
3. Adoption of High Yielding Varieties
4. Dairy farming/Livestock
5. Conservation Agriculture
6. Stone bonds

NEW: Call for applications

EPIC is looking for consultants to develop capacities on Climate-Smart Agriculture in Zambia.
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Resource partner

 European Commission