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Green Innovation Centre in Zambia: Fighting Hunger through Corporate Supply Chains?

January 2018

The study “Green Innovation Centre in Zambia: Fighting Hunger through Corporate Supply Chains?” is a joint publication by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and African Centre for Biodiversity. It discusses the Green Innovation Centre (GIC) project of the German government, its approach and its impact. The development concept behind the GIC is farming as a business, focusing on integrating smallholder farmers into commercial value chains. GIZ, the German development agency coordinates the project in Zambia. The GIC’s main interventions in Zambia are on groundnut and soya in the Eastern Province in partnership with COMACO on smallholder integration into value chains and Good Nature Agro on improved seed, and on smallholder integration in the dairy sector in Southern Province with SNV, a Dutch NGO.

GIC is one of a number of Green Revolution interventions in Zambia. It combines a fairly standard Green Revolution approach with the adoption of some agronomic practices (such as use of fertiliser trees, conservation agriculture and production of legume seed that can be reused) that recognise the importance of ecological approaches. However, the interventions remain closely allied with corporations and their private interests. Interventions are made in sectors and regions where a few transnational corporations dominate the