Who we are

The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) was created through the Food Reserve Act, Cap 225 of the Laws of Zambia to administer the strategic food reserves, engage in market facilitation, development and management of the nation- al storage facilities. According to the Food Reserve Act, the FRA was established as a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, capable of suing and of being sued in its corporate name. The FRA has power to do all such acts and things as a body corporate may by law do or perform.

The purpose of the national strategic food reserve is to ensure a reliable supply of designated agricultural com- modities for the country, to meet local shortfalls in the supply of a designated agricultural commodity and to meet such other food emergencies caused by drought or flood, or by such other natural disaster. The FRA also address- es issues affecting the food reserve and the stabilization of prices and essential food supply.

The agricultural marketing policy of the Government of the Republic of Zambia is reflected in the FRA Act. This Act contains provisions, which aim at creating the necessary conditions to encourage the private sector to develop efficient agricultural production and marketing systems, while curtailing the direct intervention and control by Government agencies and institutions. The FRA, therefore, is the implementing body of the Food Reserve Act.

To become a relevant and reliable component of the agri-business sector in Zambia, contributing to national economic development, ensuring food security and facilitating private sector participation in agriculture marketing, by managing the strategic food reserve in a transparent, efficient and sustainable manner. To be an organization that efficiently manages sustainable national strategic food reserves, ensuring national food security and income through the provision of complementary and high quality marketing and storage services, in line with international standards.
Our Core Values
To attain our vision and fulfill our mission, the Agency commits to uphold the following core values:

  1. Innovation – we shall effectively utilize state of the art technologies to suit our clients’ expectations and stakeholder needs.
  2. Excellence – We shall strive to offer products and services that meet international standards.
  3. Integrity – We shall be ethical in the conduct of our business.
  4. Professionalism – We shall optimize our individual capabilities and talents to create the necessary synergy in all our activities.
  5. Team work – We shall strive to work as a team in pursuance of the Agency mandate and ensuring that all stakeholders are key partners.
  6. Customer focus – we shall identify customer and stakeholder needs and tailor our products and services to the satisfaction of our clientele in an ethical manner.
  7. Cost Consciousness and Accountability – We shall develop a sense of cost consciousness and accountability towards all aspects of the Agency.
FRA has zero-tolerance to corruption, which is underscored by its warm and cordial working relationship with the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC). The Agency has an Integrity Committee which underpins its desire to be corrupt-free.  FRA completes the value chain by providing market access to small scale farmers in rural areas which results in the following benefits:

  • Increased farmer net earnings hence improved living standards
  • Increased food production and household food security
  • FRA creates massive seasonal employment for rural women and youths during the marketing season
  • FRA influences growth from small to emergent farmer category

FRA facilitates asset accumulation

The FRA fully subscribes to tenets of good governance and has an enduring culture of best practice.

The FRA Act provides for a Board. The Board comprises ten part-time members who are nominated by their respective organizations or Ministers and appointed by the Minister responsible for agriculture. FRA Board members are representatives of, and drawn from:

The small scale farmers;

The Zambia National Farmers Union;

The Millers Association of Zambia;

The Bankers Association of Zambia;

One person from a Co-operative;

Two senior officials from the Ministry responsible for agriculture;

One senior official from the Ministry responsible for commerce, trade and industry;

One senior official from the Ministry responsible for finance and national planning; and

One representative of the Attorney-General

The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson of the Board are elected by the Agency from amongst its members but these can never be any of the civil servants in the Board composition. The tenure of office of the Board is three years.

The Policy of the Agency is to support traditional and cultural activities obtaining in rural communities in which it conducts its business. The policy is premised on the rich historical and cultural practices of our fore fathers that ensured food security that led to stable and prosperous societies. For example to date, some traditional ceremonies are held to commemorate either the triumph over hunger or to pay tribute to gods for a successful harvest season.

However, the Agency recognizes that it cannot meet every tribe or ethnic group at its point of need. Therefore, its Social Responsibility is also expressed and nuanced through the contribution made in improving the lot of the poor and marginalized rural populations by providing market access for their produce.

Rural farmer’s earnings from FRA, for example, have improved the quality of life among these folks in immense ways. Majority rural communities now have:

  • Houses made of bricks and roofing sheets and not mud and thatch;
  • Solar lighting;
  • Bought cars and trucks to ease transportation;
  • Diversified their business;
  • Pay TV;
  • Enrolled their children and dependents into school;

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Suffice to mention that FRA’s presence in rural areas and the money paid to farmers has stimulated commerce and trade. For example, FRA has been at the fore front of actualizing the Zambian government’s policy for the private sector to run the economy by offering business to different sectors, such as, banks,transporters,pest controllers, construction firms, including quasi government institutions, namely, Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Weights and Measures, and many more.

Hitherto, for instance, rural areas were unbanked but because of FRA banking services have been introduced in many outlying areas. The provision of a host of social services by other business entities has therefore helped in the creation of employment.