IFAD in Zambia
IFAD has provided loans totalling US$184.1 million to help finance 12 programmes and projects in Zambia.
The first projects were designed to cushion rural poor people from the effects of central planning. Early projects were followed by operations that worked to improve household food security by ensuring support services, increased access to productive assets and dissemination of technical knowledge.
IFAD's strategy in Zambia
The primary objective of IFAD's operations in Zambia is to support the commercialization of smallholder agriculture, in particular by creating links between small-scale farmers and suppliers and market intermediaries, and by improving the availability of rural financial services to small-scale farmers. This objective has been introduced in order to meet the new challenges and opportunities for smallholder development that have been made possible through liberalization. IFAD also helps poor smallholders in remote areas to make best use of natural resources to improve food production and food security.
IFAD will promote policy dialogue on issues related to rural financial services, and to the development of policy, regulatory and institutional arrangements for the control of livestock diseases.
Programmes and projects are designed to reach out to the poorest and most isolated rural people, including households that are headed by women and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. Because women are largely responsible for food production and income generation within their households, women have a key role in IFAD's programmes and projects, which are oriented towards reducing poverty by generating income.