Zambia was once a major producer and exporter of groundnuts; however, production has fallen due to continued replanting of self-saved commercial crops (promoting diseases and genetic shift) and the lack of high yielding and marketable varieties.
The grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has created a joint venture between Jungle Beat groundnut processing company and SAGM, which is seeking to promote the development of the Zambian groundnut industry. The grant introduced certified groundnut planting seed to rural small scale farmers in the Eastern province to improve yields and encourage exports. The groundnut variety introduced has a commercial seeding rate of 50 kg of seed/ha with a project minimum yield of 1000-1500 kg/ha (compared to 500 kg/ha for traditional varieties). The variety has a unique and desirable flavor profile for both confectionary purposes as well as the baking industry and is characterized by a long shelf life.
- To develop the production, distribution, and marketing of groundnut seed through a regional supply chain between Zambia and South Africa.
- To provide certified groundnut planting seed to small scale farmers in Zambia.
- To achieve a high quality market standard for groundnut for exports through Jungle Beat Zambia.
- Smallholder groundnut producers in Eastern Zambia
Results and Outcomes
- The initial seed supply produced a Zambian groundnut crop that was significantly greater than that of traditional varieties grown.
- Increased availability of good quality, high-yielding planting seed in Zambia with the required farmer training support