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Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) is a national membership-based organization, with countrywide coverage, representing the agriculture industry. Specifically, ZNFU represent small- and large-scale farmers; and agribusinesses. ZNFU is a founding member of the Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), and a member of the World Farmers Organization (WFO).


Grain Traders Association of Zambia (GTAZ) is a self-regulating traders association representing the business interest of the grain traders and their partners in the industry. It is a non-profit organization that sets out to promote Commodity trading, sound trading rules and development of small and medium traders. GTAZ is committed to enhance a favorable business environment for members of the association by representing their interests on Government policies and regulations

Cross Border Traders Association

The Cross-Border Traders Association (CBTA) of Zambia is a non-partisan membership based organization comprising members from different parts of the country engaged in various forms of trade across borders. The main motive still remains to provide a unified means of addressing the interests of small-scale traders locally and in neighbour states belonging to COMESA, SADC and EAC regions.


The African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) is a not-for-profit membership association formed in 2000 to champion interests of private seed companies in Africa. It is registered in Kenya as an International Organization with an office for West Africa in Dakar, Senegal. Currently, the Association has about 100 members comprising of seed companies and National Seed Trade Associations, among others.


The Zambia Export Grower's Association (ZEGA) was formed in 1984 as a non-profit making association to promote the interests of all growers wishing to export fresh horticulture produce

Clearing and Forwarding association of Zambia

The Zambia Customs and Forwarding Agents Association are registered members with FIATA and The Federation of Clearing and Forwarding Associations of Southern Africa (FCFASA) and our Chairperson forms part of the current Executive Board.

The ZCFAA believes in promoting Customs-Private Sector partnership and dialogue with the Government Ministries in order to create a conducive
cross-border trading environment with prompt and correct revenue collection

Fruit and Vegetables association of Zambia

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Coffee Growers association of Zambia

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Tobacco Growers Association

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Peasant Farmers Association of Zambia

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The Zambia Bureau of Standards is a statutory body under the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. It implements the Standards Act No. 4 of 2017 of the laws of Zambia and was established by an Act of Parliament in 1982 which was repealed by CAP 416 of 1994. Prior to 1st January 2018, ZABS operated under CAP 416 which mandated the Bureau to produce Standards, Enforce the Compulsory Standards, Test Products and offer Metrology Services to Industry.

Zambia Compulsory standards Department of Agriculture

The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) was established to administer, maintain and ensure compliance to compulsory standards. This is aimed at ensuring public health, safety and protection of the environment are maintained. Through its mandate the ZCSA facilitates growth of trade and the manufacturing industry in Zambia. The Agency started operations on 1st January 2018 and has been conducting activities aimed at fully operationalising the Agency’s mandate, following the implementation of the National Quality Policy.

Zambia Revenue Authority

The Zambia Revenue Authority Act was thus established as a body corporate and an agency of Government under the direction of the Minister of Finance. The Commissioner General who is appointed by the President, is the chief executive of the ZRA, and is responsible for the execution of functions as directed by the Board.

Ministry of Commence, Trade and Industry (Department of Agribusiness and marketing)

The Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry (MCTI) is Zambia’s principal Government body responsible for administering national policy for private sector development. It coordinates industrial, commercial and trade matters and liaises with various public and private sector organisations to facilitate the implementation of government sector policies related to trade and industry. This is in line with the Ministry’s mission statement. To facilitate and promote the growth, development and competitiveness of commercial, trade and industrial sectors in order to enhance social-economic development.

Food Reserve Agency

The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) was established in 1995 by the Government through an Act of Parliament, Cap 225 of the laws of Zambia. The Food Reserve Act of 1995 (“the FRA Act”) was passed. Pursuant to this Act, in 1996 the Food Reserve Agency (“FRA” or “the Agency”) was established, replacing the operations of the former National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBOARD) and Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF).
FRA was established as a consequence of the various social and economic reforms Government embarked upon since 1991 aimed at creating a market oriented economic system in Zambia.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry aims to provide effective quality healthcare services close to the family as possible. This ensures equity of access to health service delivery and contributes to the human and socioeconomic development. The ministry also targets to attain Sustainable Development Goals on health and other national health priorities.




The University of Zambia (UNZA) was established by Act of Parliament No. 66 of 1965. The first intake of students took place on 17th March 1966. The motto of the University, SERVICE AND EXCELLENCE has guided the development of the University since its inception. The School of Agricultural Sciences was established in 1971 at the Great East Road Campus of the University of Zambia in Lusaka. The School offers undergraduate majors of five-year duration leading to the Degree Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences. These include: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Animal Science, Plant Science, Soil Science, Food Science and Technology, and Human Nutrition.


Mulungushi University (MU), one of Zambia’s three public University. It comprises three (3) campuses. MU has programmes designed to produce graduates that are able to apply practical skills and theoretical knowledge of plant, animal and soil sciences, and economics to sound management of resources. The programme provides exposure to practices and technical.


NRDC is Zambia's top agricultural college. The college offers various programs of study as well as tailor-made short courses that can be conducted on request.
Established in 1965, NRDC has facilities, a team of dedicated members of staff, and the experience that make the college a training institution of prime choice in Zambia. NRDC offers Diploma level training underwritten by the University of Zambia. The College offers training in various agricultural disciplines. Our emphasis on practical training makes us Zambia's top agricultural college.






Food and Agriculture Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Goal: to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. FAO believes that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.


CABI is an international, inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.
CABI’s approach involves putting information, skills and tools into people's hands. CABI's 49 member countries guide and influence work which is delivered by scientific staff based in the global network of centers.


The Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) is a government department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL). The SCCI is Zambia’s seed certification Authority and is a centre for seed services in the country. This is achieved through the enforcement of the Plant Variety and Seeds Act (CAP 236) of the laws of Zambia. The Act provides for regulation and control through various testing and release; production and marketing of seed; import and export of seed; seed quality control, and; coordination of the seed industry.
The institute is also Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) and enforces The PBR is a form of plant variety protection that ensures that the breeder authorizes the use of his/her variety. The PBR also enables the plant breeder to collect royalties from users of his/her variety.


Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) began in December 1994 when it was formed to replace the former Preferential Trade Area (PTA). COMESA was established ‘as an organization of free independent sovereign states which have agreed to co-operate in developing their natural and human resources for the good of all their people’ and as such it has a wide-ranging series of objectives which necessarily include in its priorities the promotion of peace and security in the region.
However, due to COMESA’s economic history and background its main focus is on the formation of a large economic and trading unit that is capable of overcoming some of the barriers that are faced by individual states.


Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community comprising 16 Member States.
 Established in 1992, SADC is committed to Regional Integration and poverty eradication within Southern Africa through economic development and ensuring peace and security.

USAID Trade Hub

USAID Trade Hubs work on the ground to reduce the cost and risk of doing business in Africa, leveling the playing field and cutting through red tape to make investment and trade freer and fairer for everyone.


The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments.
Goal: is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.

World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.