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Zambia Food Security and Resilience

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Reducing Food Insecurity in Zambia

About the Project

Food security is a crucial part of community resilience-building. In Zambia, years of steady price increases, weather-related disasters, and supply-chain disruptions have all influenced how the community consumes and grows food. Responding to the post-harvest loss and rising food insecurity in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, announced a project to boost the local production of maize, soybean, sunflower, and groundnuts, which create essential cooking oils in Zambia.

To achieve this, will refurbish community infrastructure and build aggregation and trading centers close to smallholder farmers to boost agricultural output and reduce post-harvest loss. The goal is to push more food inputs into rural markets, strengthen food resilience, and create a replicable, scalable solution across Zambia.

Making an Impact

On The Ground: Progress Update

To date, thanks to an integrated team of externs and Empowering Farmers Foundation staff on the ground, our food security and resilience project has impacted farmers in just three months.

Contribution to Impact

  • 5,575 farmers and family members participating across six communities

  • 4,540 metric tons of maize traded

  • $1.6 million in transactions

  • 60+ local small businesses engaged

Contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals