EXPANDING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION INTO DISADVANTAGED AREAS.
Real lives
Gregory Chembe, NWK GRAIN HANDLERS LIMITED (NGHL), Zambia
Through AgDevCo’s investment in a grain aggregation, handling and storage facility (NGHL), Gregory Chembe now has access to a formalised market for his maize, soya, sunflower and cowpeas. NGHL offers a customer-friendly and professional service, which includes a weighbridge for accurate crop measurement and cash payment on delivery.
"NGHL has empowered us in terms of quick payments, allowing us to prepare in advance for next season’s planting."
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Zambia – our social impact
Investment
$12,538,801
COMMITTED INVESTMENTS
Jobs created
523
JOBS CREATED OR SUSTAINED
Livelihood
13,067
FARMERS LINKED TO MARKET
Lift
$47
INCREASE IN INCOME PER SMALLHOLDER FARMER
Rural Zambia

The Challenges

Around 60% of people in Zambia live in rural communities and around 78% of these live in poverty.  Many regions, especially those in the north of the country, have no developed commercial agriculture and there is shortage of key skills. At 10%, Zambia’s agricultural share of GPD is relatively low and it has the highest risk of food insecurity of the countries where AgDevCo is investing.

Our approach

In 2012, we announced our first investments in Zambia and, in the same year, we opened a country office.  We remain focused on expanding, through investment, existing agribusinesses in order to extend their footprint into more marginalised areas of the country.  We also invest in smallholder and emerging SME opportunities and establish product-specific focused routes to market.

Country Facts
  • Population (2014): 15,021,002
  • Poverty incidence (2010) at $1.25/day: 74%
  • Life expectancy at birth (2013): 58 years
  • GDP/Capita (2014): $1,802
  • Agricultural share of GDP (2013): 10.0%
  • % of population living in rural areas (2014): 60.0%
  • % of rural population living in poverty (2010): 78%
  • Food Security Ranking (2015): 102 out of 109

Sources:  World Bank, FAOSTAT, Global Food Security Index

We believe we can make more impact by looking for new ways to tackle poverty in the regions where we work.
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