Pulse Value Chain Initiative–Zambia (PVCI-Z)

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Start Date:
January 1970

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CRSP Phase:
Phase 2




Lead University:

Other Partners:
University of Zambia

Principal Investigator(s):
Vincent Amanor-Boadu

Co-Principal Investigator(s):
Gelson Tembo, University of Zambia; Mukwiti Mwiinga, University of Zambia; Prisilla Hamukwala, University of Zambia; Rebecca Lubinda, University of Zambia; Tim Dalton, KSU, U.S.; Allen Featherstone, KSU, U.S.; Mahmud Yesuf, KSU, U.S.


Pulses are important in concentrated locations in Zambia. Zambian Central Statistics Office (CSO) data show that cowpeas and beans are grown in all Zambian provinces, the top four producing provinces account for about 83 percent of total output for each of these crops. While the Northern Province accounted for the majority of bean production (62 percent), Southern Province accounted for the majority (58 percent) of cowpea production. The remainder of the top-four producing provinces for beans includes Northwestern (8 percent); Central (7 percent); and Luapala (6 percent). For cowpeas, the remainder of the top-four producing provinces is: Central (11 percent); Northern (9 percent); and Lusaka (6 percent). Despite this concentration, pulses are also important to the Zambian food economy because of its drought tolerance and its income enhancement potential.


1. Identify the different supply chains used by the Zambian pulse industry and describe the characteristics of those using them at the different loci of the supply chains. 2. Identify and estimate the effects of stakeholder characteristics and operational environment on supply chain participation decisions. 3. Describe and estimate the pecuniary and non-pecuniary value for different supply chain participants. 4. Identify the institutional and policy issues influencing value creation and determine if any effect differences exist by crop, location, gender and stage of the chain. 5. Based on the results from the foregoing, develop and deliver education and outreach programs targeting specific stakeholders and provide policy recommendations to facilitate solutions.


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