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ZAMBIA

IAPRI-Booklet

20 4.3 Use of Improved

20 4.3 Use of Improved Seed Figure 10 compares the percentage of households using different types of seed over the period 2002 to 2016. Nationally, about 62 percent of the rural households used improved seed (irrespective of crop) in 2016 compared to 71.5 percent in 2015. For maize, the number of farm households using improved seed was 64.3 percent, decreasing by 10.8 percent from 2015. There has been a general upward increase in improved seed use in Zambia. For example, since 2002, the number of farm households using improved seed increased by 33 percentage points. It was highest in 2015 and lowest in 2003. During the same period, the number of seed companies has also increased from 5 to approximately 16. This suggests that the increased private sector participation in the seed sector has contributed to the adoption of improved seed use. Also, the traditional FISP might have contributed to this increase especially given the fact that hybrid maize seed is part of the subsidised package. Furthermore, the Government Food Security Pack (FSP) -which distributes free hybrid maize seed to vulnerable households- may have contributed to this increase in use of improved seed. Figure 10: Improved Seed Use, 2002 to 2016 Source: Crop Forecast Survey (2002-2016)

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