Understanding the constraints to agricultural productivity in Zambia

Project Active from to Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Growth

Agriculture is a key sector in the Zambian economy that provides economic opportunities for approximately 80% of the population. However, Zambia still faces a range of demand and supply-side constraints, and this project aims to fill this knowledge gap.

Constraints such as high costs of input, poor infrastructure, limited use of good agricultural practices, and lack of access to finance and markets are crucial in enabling the agricultural sector to grow. This study therefore examines factors which affect productivity, as well as the underlying reasons which disincentivise farmers from investing in farming as a business.

The study relies on existing research, qualitative and quantitative data collected through stakeholder consultations. The findings seek to contribute to improved decision-making by policymakers, thereby contributing to sustainable agricultural development in Zambia.