Zambia: Empowering farmers through resilient value chains

Improve food security, income generation and access to markets, especially for women-headed households, is crucial to sustain the agriculture activity in Zambia – the backbone of its rural economy, with 60 percent of livelihoods depending on it.


The seven-year project (2018 – 2025) aims at strengthening the resilience to climate change risks of vulnerable smallholder farmers in the country’s agroecological regions I and II. The project is making targeted interventions to capitalize on opportunities to strengthen and promote viable climate-resilient value chains relating to smallholder agriculture in the target regions, specifically targeting value chains that are gender sensitive and provide viable economic opportunities for women. This includes three interrelated outputs: i) strengthening capacity of farmers to plan for climate risk; ii) strengthening resilient agricultural production and diversification practices (for both food security and income generation); and iii) strengthening farmers’ access to markets and commercialization of introduced resilient agricultural commodities.

Impact Evaluation timeline

Approaches to assess the impact

Following an experimental approach (RCT), the baseline data collection covered 2,508 households (1,218 treatment and 1,290 control). Indicators related to income, crop productivity, food security, access to weather information among others. Endline data is expected to be collected in 2025.