The Zambia Agribusiness and Trade Project (ZATP) is a Government of the Republic of Zambia Project being implemented through the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry (MCTI) with support from the World Bank. The project commenced in July 2017 and will run for five years.
The project speaks to high level national objectives with regard to Government’s determination to attain the Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In line with the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), the ZATP supports poor and emerging farmers to the greatest extent possible so as to ensure that they graduate from their current levels of production into flourishing agriculture productive ventures across all the value chains available in our country.
The project also seeks to boost growth oriented Agribusiness SMEs by investing in both their technical and productive capabilities and business management skills. This will enable them to link into large buyers and grow their businesses into sustainable ventures that will not just increase agricultural production and trade but also create employment.
1) Inadequate infrastructure;
2) High cost and limited availability of long-term finance;
3) Low labour productivity; and
4) Weak market information systems and economy-wide coordination failures among others.
The ZATP will also support the enhancement and streamlining of a range of policies that are needed to provide a robust and enabling environment for the conduct of agribusiness and trade. A lot of work will go into improving the policy framework and strengthening the National Quality and Logistics Infrastructure needed to support Agribusiness and Trade.
ZATP Component 2 at a Glance
Strengthening the Regulatory and Institutional Framework for Agribusiness and Trade
Component 2 will support the strengthening of the regulatory and institutional framework that will facilitate the smooth conduct of Agribusiness and trade and create market linkages within the country and across the borders.
Two strategies will be used to achieve the objectives of this component:
The first strategy will focus on Strengthening Capacity for Business Regulation, competition and National Quality Infrastructure. Under this strategy the project will support institutional and capacity strengthening for a number of regulatory institutions such as the Business Regulatory Review Agency (BRRA), the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS).
In particular, the project will work with these institutions to deliver on the attainment of very specific outputs designed to be benchmarks indicating progress in improving institutional and regulatory capacities of the relevant institutions.
The project will thus extend financial support to these institutions upon completion of independently verified achievement of these milestones all of which are tailored towards a better enabling of agribusiness and trade in the country
The second strategy under this component is Promoting Trade Facilitation. This intervention seeks to contribute towards addressing the gap that currently exists due to the country’s lack of a logistics strategy and its resulting impact on trade in general and agribusiness trade in particular.
Under this strategy therefore, the project will support the development of a National Logistics Strategy which should eventually inform the national rollout of a multi sectorial logistics infrastructure to support the smooth conduct of trade including agribusiness trade.
In addition, the project will also support the implementation of the National Quality Infrastructure in order to boost product quality and standards for Zambian products including agro produce so that producers can meet required product quality standards and in return get better financial retains for their products.