According to the World Bank, in 2013, Zambia agriculture sector’s aggregated value was USD 4.028 billion, accounting for 18% of the country’s GDP, estimated at USD 22.38billion. Zambia territory is 75 million hectares (752,000 km2) large, of which 58% (42 million hectares) is classified as medium to high potential for agriculture production. Around 15% of this land is currently under cultivation. The Zambian agriculture sector comprises crops, livestock and fisheries.
Zambia is one of the biggest seed exporters in Africa, exporting a recorded total of 17,891 tons of certified seeds to other African countries in 2011. The livestock sub-sector produces everything derived from cattle, as well as dairy products, chicken, eggs, pigs, hides and skins. According to the National Agriculture Policy Draft of December 2013, livestock is recognized as a growing force in Zambia’s agricultural economy, accounting for 7% of the country’s GDP.
Zambia is a country of numerous agribusiness opportunities begging for attention, yet majority of the youths in the country are not trained or equipped to harness these opportunities.
EYE Africa, in line with its objectives has taken a bold step to initiate its program in Zambia. EYE Africa is collaborating with universities and other agencies across Zambia, with the mission to empower the youths in the country through entrepreneurship in agriculture.
The co-founders, Dr. (Mrs) Hauwa Lamino Abubakar and Mr. Isaiah Bulus visited the University of Lusaka and the University of Zambia, where they worked out partnerships between EYE Africa and the two universities on the empowerment of students of the universities through entrepreneurship in agriculture.
EYE Africa was formally introduced to the Minister of Agriculture in Zambia and the Zambian Development Agency – the organization in charge of all forms of Investment and business promotion in the country.
EYE Africa is on track to establish its continental presence in every part of Africa.