Zambia - Chiansi Smallholder Outgrower Support Project (COSP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Dec 2021
Signature Date 08 Dec 2021
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 7,090,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed support is an ADF loan of UA 7.09 million from the Bank resources to finance the Chiansi Smallholder Outgrower Support Project (COSP) in Zambia. The Project was designed based on the Government’s intention to empower smallholder farmers to become outgrowers to an existing private sector commercial operator. This is a stand-alone investment Project aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity and value addition of agricultural produce. The Project aims to transform agricultural production into sustainable commercialised and profitable venture that contributes to income generation, and job creation. It will also contribute to enhanced value addition, and improved integration of smallholder farmers/entrepreneurs and private sector, through involvement of the existing commercial operator. The Project consists of three (3) components, namely: (a) Component 1 Development of Climate Resilient Infrastructure; (b) Component 2 Social Services, and Skills Development; and (c) Component 3 Project Management. The expected implementation period is four (4) years.

Project Objectives

The Project development objective is to increase agricultural income and improve livelihoods of the smallholder farmers by increasing agricultural productivity, and market access. This will contribute to poverty reduction, improved household incomes, food security and nutrition, and also build resilience to climate variability/change. The specific Project objective is to enhance production, productivity, processing and marketing of high value crops.


The Project is located in Chiansi area in Chikupi ward of Kafue District, within Senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya’ chiefdom. The Project/Chiansi area has about 21,000 people. Project targets to develop an irrigation scheme covering 600 ha of land (Stage 1), which will directly benefit600smallholder outgrower farmers. Through other social services and activities such as health, domestic water supply, sanitation and skills development, the Project will directly benefit additional 12,000 people (30% women and youth). In addition, the Project will indirectly benefit the whole population of Chiansi (21,000) with ripple effects to other neighbouring areas within Kafue District, and also about 9,000 service providers along the commodity value chain. The Project will provide (i) business development services to 100 youth-led business and also develop entrepreneurship (50% women), and (ii) employability skills for 2,000 youth (50% women). The Project will directly create 200full-time, 1,000 seasonal, and 1,000 indirect seasonal jobs (50% women) along the agricultural commodity value chains.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Zambia


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZM-AA0-039
Last Update 08 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name BANGWE Lewis Mupeta

Geographic Location

Country Zambia
Coordinates Location Name
-15.8 28.3167 Kafue
-15.69039 27.98725 Chiyanshi Lagoon