Final Documentation

Stimulating the Potato Value Chain in Zambia, AgDevCo 2019

    Methods for info gathering
    The study is based on site visits to Lusaka and Mbala. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with key informants from AgDevCo, Saise, Katito and Buya Bamba, focus group discussions with employees, and analysis of quantitative data provided by Saise.

    The case study methodology used a network analysis approach, which tries to understand the ways in which each investment is connected to different actors, from their employees to suppliers and buyers. Quantitative and qualitative data was used to construct simple maps of the pre- and postinvestment networks, which allowed us to build a visual picture of how the AgDevCo investment has had an impact, and how this has changed over time.

    Summary of results
    Saise is Zambia’s first seed potato producer. This study explores how AgDevCo’s investment has contributed to the expansion of the value chain and encouraged commercial farming in Zambia’s neglected Northern Province. The study reports the creation of 95 FTE jobs (41% women), benefitting 475 smallholders. Total income generated is also reported.