Almost three quarters of Zambia’s population is employed in agriculture, but poor soil quality and frequent droughts and floods make it hard for farmers to increase production or earn a good income from their crops. Fertilisers, pesticides and transport are expensive, and the cost of food is rising. 60 percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line – and in rural areas this figure rises to 70 percent.
Zambia’s government is committed to improving food security by helping smallholder farmers, who grow around 80 percent of the nation’s food, to farm in a more sustainable way.
Much progress has been made to build capacity within the national plant health system. Since Plantwise launched in Zambia in 2013 we have trained 77 plant doctors, in collaboration with the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), and they are now advising farmers across the country on how to tackle crop problems.
Knowledge Bank page for Zambia