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Agricultural Productivity and Market Enhancement Project (APMEP)

$31.1 million to improve food production, develop value chains, and build capacity in districts with the highest levels of poverty and food insecurity.
Photo: GAFSP


The Government of Zambia’s development agenda is articulated in the National Vision 2030, which reflects Zambia’s aspirations to be a prosperous middle-income country by 2030. It highlights agriculture as one of the key sectors in achieving sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty due to rich natural resources, especially arable land. About 70% of the rural population’s livelihoods rely on the sector, and the country has developed sub-sector strategies in crops, extension, irrigation, livestock, fisheries, agricultural marketing, agricultural credit and finance, farm power and mechanization, forestry and cooperatives.


The Agriculture Productivity and Market Enhancement Project (APMEP) contributes to economic growth and poverty reduction by enhancing food security, income, and nutrition among participating households. APMEP achieves this objective through the development of irrigation, aquaculture, and livestock production support, through crop diversification and intensification, through value chain development to promote agro-processing, and through agriculture service centers. It supports the establishment of infrastructure to create job opportunities including the construction of three livestock service centers in Chongwe, Chitambo, and Gwemb. The continued establishment of irrigation schemes and construction of agro-market centers, roadside markets, and access roads are expected to create more job opportunities for local communities. APMEP also supports strong nutrition and capacity-building subcomponents that provide a number of sensitization and training sessions as well as deliver improved planting materials and technologies to farmers.

Project Status



  • Zambia



Focus area

  • Gender

Supervising entity

  • AfDB


To date, the project has benefitted 62,591 people (55 percent women). APMEP has provided nutrition groups with crop inputs, such as biofortified orange maize seed, orange-flesh sweet potatoes, and iron-rich beans, and crop intensification and diversification activities through crop demonstrations and farmers accessing conservation agriculture equipment. The project also constructed or rehabilitated 220 post-harvest facilities, including markets and agro-processing/ storage/quality control facilities, and has provided 57 fish pond farmers with fingerlings, which produced 42.5 MT of table fish; 2,294 water users with new or improved/ rehabilitated irrigation and drainage services; 19,239 smallholders with productivity enhancement and CSA support; 323 people with direct employment provided; 11,740 people (55 percent women) with CD support; and 20,753 people with improved nutrition services. 


Joseph Coompson
Task Team Leader, +27 12 003 6900

Lewis Bangwe
Alternate Task Team Leader