Programme profile

Yapasa: Youth in agribusiness

Programme Index Listing

Main implementer
2013 - 2017 (or 2018)
Total budget
US $ 6.2 million
Annual budget
US $ 1.5 million
Steve Morris
External links
Yapasa website

To create decent work, increasing income for rural youth in Zambia.
We use agricultural value chains with high potential for employment creation and enterprise development to benefit local businesses and increase income for young people.

Expected outcomes:

  • Decent jobs created for rural youths in agriculture
  • Rural Agricultural enterprises created/improved
  • Increased production and productivity of rural producers of soybean and fish
  • Increased income for rural youths engaged in aquaculture and soybean value chain.

Market systems focus

  1. Improved access to quality inputs for young small-scale farmers in rural areas.
  2. Greater access for rural youth to entrepreneurship support services including insurance, business and technical skill training and linkages with larger markets.
  3. Policy, legal and regulatory framework that supports expansion of productive activities and youth engagement in the aquaculture and soya sub-sectors.

Programme interventions

Soybean sector

Access to quality inputs:
Working with commercial input suppliers to help them setup and adopt last mile distribution systems for quality soybean inputs targeting young rural smallholder farmers. The inputs are seed, inoculant and chemicals for fertility, crop protection and land preparation.

Access to quality entrepreneurship support services for rural young farmers:
Working with grain traders and processors to set up out-grow production schemes for soybean with embedded support services including input credit, training, market linkages.

Effective sector coordination:
Supporting value chain actors, their representative bodies, government and other policy stakeholders to identify and work on issues affecting the value chain performance through the formation of the private sector led Soya Policy Action Group.

Aquaculture Sector

Access to quality fish feed:
Working with feed companies and distributors to stimulate demand for fish feed in rural areas by expanding distribution networks and undertaking promotional activities. Feed demonstrations, field days, and media advertisement are some of the activities undertaken. 

Access to quality fingerlings:
Supporting government and private hatcheries to expand their fingerling production and distribution capacities by integrating local fish nurseries in their distribution networks. Nurseries in the rural areas work both to stimulate demand as well as improve local access to the improved supply of fingerlings of prescribed native species. 

Access to Youth entrepreneurship support services:
Supporting fish traders to work as outgrow operators for fish production. The outgrow operators further support the farmers with the provision of input credit and technical support for fish farming which includes technical guidance, monitoring performance and troubleshooting problems. 

Sector Coordination and Communication:
Supports Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia (ADAZ) and Department of Fisheries to identify and communicate business opportunities in aquaculture with potential beneficiaries and also identify and promote policy provisions/issues affecting the sector.

Notable results (systemic change, poverty impact)

Soybean sector

12 market players including input suppliers, insurance providers and outgrower operators have engaged in business arrangements with 2,526 smallholder farmers for outgrow production of soybean. Among these 1,337 are young farmers under 35 from 2015- 2017.

A large input supply company has established an input credit mechanism targeting smallholder farmers by working with outgrow operators to register them as agrodealers. The company supplied inputs including seed, inoculant, fertility chemicals and plant protection inputs to 1.875 farmers in the 2016/17 season. The total value of inputs was approximately $400,000. The input supply company is expecting to adapt the model and expand it with other agro-dealers and outgrow operators.

Aquaculture sector

Government and private hatcheries have adopted the nursery model to expand their fingerling supply networks to more remote rural areas. So far one feed company has adopted the rural smallholder focused feed distribution model. The company has expanded its fish feed production capacity and is expanding its reach to more rural areas.

The Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia has developed a model for and begun a series of Aquaculture Business Opportunity Seminars (trade fairs) in the districts bringing together input suppliers, support service providers and small-scale fish farmers to highlight potential in aquaculture business in key areas of Zambia.