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
The Kaleidoscope Model of Policy Change: Applications to Food Security Policy in Zambia - in "World Development"
Published on June 1, 2018
Danielle Resnick, Steven Haggblade, Suresh Babu, Sheryl L. Hendriks, David Mather. 2018. The Kaleidoscope Model of Policy Change: Applications to Food Security Policy in Zambia, World Development, Volume 109, September 2018, Pages 101-120
Thoughts on Priority Research: Topics to Support Agri-food Systems Transformation in Africa
Published on April 16, 2018
T.S. Jayne, Seminar at Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute. Lusaka, Zambia, April 16, 2018
Does Minimum Tillage Improve the Livelihood Outcomes of Smallholder Farmers in Zambia?
Published on March 22, 2018
Hambulo Ngoma, 2018. Does Minimum Tillage Improve the Livelihood Outcomes of Smallholder Farmers in Zambia? Food Security, March 2018.
Taking Stock of Africa’s Second-generation Input Subsidy Programs - Zambia Presentation
Published on February 27, 2018
Nicole M. Mason, Thomas S. Jayne, William J. Burke, & Joshua Ariga, Lusaka, Zambia, February 27, 2018
Taking Stock of Africa’s Second-generation Input Subsidy Programs: Insights from 70 Empirical Studies
Published on February 20, 2018
Nicole M. Mason, Thomas S. Jayne, William J. Burke, & Joshua Ariga. Jinja, Uganda, February 20, 2018
MSU Foundation Professor emeritus
Associate Chairperson, Graduate Program Director, and Associate Professor