The territory of what is now Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia from 1911. It was renamed Zambia at independence in 1964. The new name of Zambia was derived from the Zambezi river (Zambezi may mean "River of God").
- The capital and main city is Lusaka
- The official language is English
- Area: 290,587 sq mi (approx. three times the size of the State of Michigan)
- Population approx. 16.5 millions in 2016
- Climate: The country is classified as humid subtropical or tropical wet and dry, with small stretches of semi-arid steppe climate in the south-west and along the Zambezi valley.
Fun Fact: "Victoria Falls," one of the 7 Wonders of the World, are at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Main Research Themes
- Agrifood System Transformation
- Climate Change
- Input Use and Market Development
- Policy Research and Capacity Building
- Training and Capacity Building
- Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship
Publications and Presentations
Information, pesticide safety behaviors, and toxicity risk perceptions evidence from Zambia and Mozambique
Published on April 1, 2022
Goeb, J., Smart, J., Snyder, J., and Tschirley, D. (2022). "Information, pesticide safety behaviors, and toxicity risk perceptions: Evidence from Zambia and Mozambique." IFPRI Discussion Paper 2118.
Les impacts économiques du COVID-19 en Afrique urbaine et rurale: Des résultats inattendus dans cinq pays
Published on September 24, 2021
Les résultats sont présentés suivant deux aspects : 1) les impacts sur le revenu et la pauvreté et 2) les impacts sur la consommation alimentaire et la sécurité alimentaire.
Early Impacts of COVID 19 on Household Incomes and Food Consumption - the Zambian Case
Published on September 3, 2021
Projections of the COVID-19 impact in early 2020 were that developing countries in the global south with historic system inefficiencies would be the worst hit.
Do benefits of expanded midstream activities in crop value chains accrue to smallholder farmers? Evidence from Zambia
Published on July 1, 2021
Nuhu, AS., Liverpool-Tasie, LSO., Awokuse, T., Kabwe, S., (2021). Do benefits of expanded midstream activities in crop value chains accrue to smallholder farmers? Evidence from Zambia. World Development, 143, 105469.
Understanding Adoption and Impacts of Conservation Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Review
Published on June 22, 2021
Ngoma, H., Angelsen, A., Jayne, T. S., & Chapoto, A. (2021). Understanding Adoption and Impacts of Conservation Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Review. Frontiers in Agronomy, 3.
MSU Foundation Professor emeritus
Associate Chairperson, Graduate Program Director, and Associate Professor