Agriculture is a vital part of Zambia Economy. Her availability of fertile land and water presents a huge opportunity for smallholder farmers. However, productivity is extremely low by global standards due to informal markets, limited adoption of farming practices, limited access to inputs and technologies and underdeveloped rural infrastructure.
As a first step, FtMA has embraced the challenge of Zambia’s vastness and developed a new business model focusing on identification, development and strengthening of Farmer Service Centres (FSC’s). These FSC’s are typically cooperatives, farmer organizations or village-based advisors / lead farmers. These hubs will facilitate engagement with private sector stakeholders who manage multiple buying points and can reach deep into Zambia’s rural communities.
FtMA supports the Zambian Government’s call for crop diversification which complements climate smart agriculture initiatives. FtMA Zambia strives to improve farmers access to enhanced aggregation centres and formal off-takers markets.