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Feed the Future - Zambia


Population: 11,862,740
Life Expectancy: 38.63 years
Per Capita GDP: $1,500 (PPP)
Below Poverty Line: 86%
Irrigated Land: 1,560 sq km

Source: CIA World Factbook

Unlike the lackluster growth of the 1990s, Zambia has witnessed improved overall economic growth in recent years. Its GDP grew at 4.5 percent in 2009 and at an average rate of 5.1 percent since 2000. A buoyant copper sector and growth in tourism and construction have underpinned growth in this mineral rich country. However, this has not translated into a broad-based reduction in poverty and hunger. This is unlikely to occur in the absence of increased and sustained growth in the agriculture and rural sectors because agriculture is an important mainstay of a large proportion of the Zambian population, contributing about 16 percent of GDP and foreign exchange earnings, and employing two-thirds of the population. In 2007, the agriculture GDP growth rate was 3.3 percent, considerably lower than the annual average rate of 5.1 percent seen in the 1990s.

Source: ReSAKSS