HarvestPlus contributes to Zambia’s nutrition and public health improvement through crop research, development and promoting vitamin A orange maize, Vitamin A orange sweet potatoes and the high iron and zinc beans through conventional breeding to provide more vitamin A and iron in the diet. We work with more than 60 partners drawn from government, seed companies, processors and civil society organizations dealing with agriculture and nutrition interventions.
Emely Mwale Banda
CIAT/ HarvestPlus, Millennium Village, Plot number 6953, Birdcage walk, Villa Number 51, LongAcres, Zambia
+260 97 9488448
Together with the host government (Ministry of Agriculture), CGIAR Centres and other partners, use biofortification (a conventionally bred process) of staple food crops that are high in essential vitamins and minerals, are developed and used as additional interventions to supplementation and food fortification.
As an agriculture crop-based intervention, released varieties are introduced and promoted for rural households to integrate in their farming systems for dietary diversification with better crops, improves and increases household food and nutrition security.
This is the chance for Zambia to start moving out of white maize and adopt a more nutritious and tastier orange maize.” Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture & CEO of Food Reserve Agency
Biofortified Crops in Zambia*
*Includes varieties shown to meet HarvestPlus standards. Other varieties may be available in the country.
Varieties Released Database
This searchable database provides information on all biofortified crops variety releases by country.
Areas of Expertise
- Crop Development
- Seed Multiplication
- Seed Distribution
- Consumer Engagement
- Market Development
- Policy Engagement
The development and dissemination is consistently supported through partnerships with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and International Potato Centre (CIP).
Released varieties by the Seed Control and Certification Institute are supported commercially by the seed companies, Zambian Government ministries with MoA being the lead, and more than 30 processors.
HarvestPlus also supports commercial seed and grain sales, and connects buyers and
processors to farmers.
HarvestPlus increases awareness of vitamin A maize and iron bean of biofortified crops through extension services to farmers, consumers and consistently in demonstration, promotion programs, advertising,
documentaries, expos using various media outreach.
The Zambian government has included biofortified crops in yearly Farmer Input Support Program (FISP), an input subsidized system, free of cost for vulnerable but viable farming households, enlisting vitamin A maize for Food Reserve Agency (FRA) and all SUN II Programs and ZNFNC promoting biofortified crops in their program areas.
Through advocacy conducted with national partners, we strengthen national ownership of
biofortification through effective integration into national nutrition and agricultural policies.
The Power of Orange: Catalyzing Delivery of Vitamin A Maize in Zambia
This brief from HarvestPlus’ biofortification program describes how HarvestPlus has worked with multiple partners in Zambia to catalyze development and delivery of yield-competitive varieties of hybrid maize that are enriched with vitamin A.READ MORE
Biofortification news in Zambia
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