AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAMME FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA (APPSA)
Regional Centre of Leadership for Legumes and Legume based Farming Systems
The Government of the Republic of Zambia has received a loan from the World Bank for the Agricultural Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA) Programme. APPSA is a 6 year (2013 –2018) regional program covering Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia with each country receiving U$30 Million. Malawi is a Centre of Leadership for maize and maize based farming systems. Mozambique is Centre Leader-ship for rice and rice based farming systems while Zambia is Centre
of Leadership for ‘Food Legumes’ nuts, and pigeon peas) and food legumes based farming system.
In Zambia, the project is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, through the Department of Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI).
The Programme is targeting 2,300,000 program beneficiaries in Zambia (Lead farmers, contact farmers and other farmers) and it is expected that at least 30 technologies will be made available to farmers and other end users by the end of the Programme period. Out of this number, at least 20 technologies generated or promoted by the Programme in Zambia will be made available to another participating country.
The goal of the project is to improve food and nutrition security and incomes of smallholder producers through increased crop productivity in selected areas of Zambia .
Project Development Objective
In pursuit of the longer term goal of improving productivity and production of safe and nutritious food within priority farming systems in the Southern Africa region, the Project Development Objective of APPSA is to improve the availability of agricultural technologies within and across SADC countries.