Agriculture plays an important role in the lives of many Zambians. The sector provides employment for approximately 70% of the labor force in Zambia. It is estimated that approximately 1.6 million small-scale farms and about 1,000 large-scale farms characterize the sector. This farming population is clustered in two principal areas:
- In central Zambia: The area stretches along line of rail running from Victoria Falls in the Southern province to the Copperbelt in the North, and
- In the Eastern part of Zambia: The area borders Malawi and Mozambique.