The Zambia Agribusiness and Trade Project (ZATP) is a project of the Government of the Republic of Zambia supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI). The Project was effected in July 2017 and officially launched on 4th October 2017. The project will be implemented over a period of five years, through to 2022. ZATP comprise three components: (1) Market Linkages in Agribusiness; (2) Strengthening the Regulatory and Institutional Framework for Agribusiness and Trade; and (3) Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation. The Development Objective of the project is to contribute to increased market linkages and firm growth in agribusiness.
Major achievements under each project component included:
- Two Phases of Outreach activities were conducted. The first phase in 5 initial regions Lusaka, Central, Copperbelt, Eastern and Southern provinces. Specifically, in Lusaka, Chipata, Ndola, Livingstone and Kabwe districts. The second phase outreach activities were conducted in Lusaka, covering 3 districts Chongwe, Chilanga and Kafue. The project reached out to at least a total of 1,238 farmers in 128 cooperatives both at district and community level with a total of four off-takers participating.
The aim of the outreach activities was to orient key stakeholders (PPAACs), Producer Organizations (POs) and buyers and other stakeholders on how the project intends to build Productive Alliances (PAZ) in Zambia.
- The first round of Call for Proposals covering Lusaka and Southern Province was issued in the, following the conclusion of outreach activities in the three (3) provinces. A total of forty one (41) out of forty five (45) concepts received from Lusaka and Southern provinces and further developed into full proposals during. The next stage is to support the POs to develop business plans. This is planned for 2019.
- A synopsis of the value chains so far for Lusaka and Southern province indicates that the majority (46%) of POs in Lusaka are in Horticulture (Vegetables and fruits) followed by Poultry (15%) while 42% (majority) of the POs in Southern region are in dairy value chain followed by Horticulture as indicated in figure 1 and 2 respectively.
Sub component 1b: SME Supplier Development Program
- In developing initial beneficiaries of Marketconnect, the project participated in the World Bank funded Bootcamp which resulted in 10 SME winning different prizes. The Bootcamp winners are earmarked to be the first beneficiaries of MarketConnect. Subsequently, nine (9) out of the 10 SMEs were sponsored and supported during the Zambia International Trade Fair in Ndola, Zambia.
- Recruitment of the MarketConnect Consultant was in progress during the reporting period but is expected to be finalised in 2019.
- Focus was on engaging beneficiary Statutory Bodies on Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) particularly the verification process and supporting Statutory bodies in coming up with action plans.
11 out of a total 13 DLIs had been completed by end of 2018. The attainment of 11 DLIs triggered disbursements to all beneficiary Statutory Bodies amounting to USD2.7 Million.