Zambia - Cashew infrastructure development project

Project Summary

Approval Date 04 Nov 2015
Signature Date 29 Mar 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 33,007,899.89
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Project will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), over a period of 5 years, in Mongu, Limulunga, Senanga, Kalabo, Nalolo, Sikongo, Shangombo, Sioma, Lukulu, and Mitete Districts of the Western Province. The 10 Districts were selected based on (i) high potential for cashew production, (ii) less frost problem, (iii) high incidence of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, and (iv) vulnerability to environmental degradation and climate change. The Project has 3 components: (1) Support to Cashew Value Chain with 3 sub-components, (i) irrigation infrastructure for cashew nurseries and clone gardens, (ii) cashew plantation rejuvenation and establishment, and (iii) infrastructure for cashew-processing and marketing; (2) Capacity Building with 3 sub-components, (i) training, (ii) technical support, and (iii) matching fund; and (3) Project Management with 2 sub-components, (i) project coordination, and (ii) monitoring and evaluation. Gender, social and environmental issues have been considered in all project activities. The Project cost is USD 55.42 million with ADB Loan of USD 45.00 million (81.2%), GoZ contribution of USD 8.31 million (15.0%) and beneficiaries contribution of USD 2.11 million (3.8%).

Project Objectives

The development objective is to contribute to economic growth and food security. The Project objective is to contribute to the country's poverty reduction and improved household incomes through improved cashew production, processing and marketing. Enhanced household incomes will lead to improved household food security. The Project will (i) increase cashew tree productivity and production, (ii) contribute to improved household income and food security, (iii) increase foreign exchange earnings from cashew products, and (iii) improve rural employment for men, women and youths.


The Project will benefit 60,000 smallholder farmers including 30,000 (50%) women and 7,000 youths, each planting 1 ha (100 cashew trees). The Project will create about 6,000 full time jobs (3,000 women, and 1,000 youths) along cashew value chain from production, processing to marketing.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Zambia


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZM-AA0-024
Last Update 31 Oct 2019


Contact Details

Name BANGWE Lewis Mupeta

Geographic Location

Country Zambia
Coordinates Location Name
-15.15644 23.548 Simulumbe
-16.08965 23.76732 Senanga District
-16.39704 23.31962 Nangweshi
-15.42897 23.1986 Namushakende
-15.37439 23.5325 Mongu District
-14.22997 23.8294 Lukulu District
-14.83997 22.71197 Kalabo District
-14.97005 22.68138 Kalabo
-16.30827 22.45556 Shangombo
-14.10042 22.6472 Mitete District