ZAMBIA

EXPORT OVERVIEW

Export Overview comprises information regarding the national exports of tobacco leaf

EXPORT WEIGHT

1%

Percentage that tobacco leaf represents on the overall exports of the country (Source: calculated from data from UN Comtrade)

IN THE WORLD

1%

Percentage that the country represents in the international tobacco leaf trade (Source: calculated from data from FAO)

PRODUCTION OUTLOOK

Types of tobacco leaf grown in 2018 (Source: ITGA): FC Virginia, Burley and Dark Fired

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TOBACCO

Employment numbers of the tobacco leaf value chain in 2018 (Source: ITGA and COMESA): Growers: 16 822; Total number of direct employment: 56 287

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AREA BY LEAF TYPE

Represents the percentage of area cultivated by tobacco leaf type in the country in 2018 (Source: ITGA)

49%FC VIRGINIA
50%BURLEY

KEY INSIGHTS

Key values of the tobacco leaf production in the country

13

AREA

Thousand Hectares (2018), Source: ITGA

31

PRODUCTION

Thousand Hectares (2018), Source: ITGA

0.78

AREA/GROWER

Hectares per Grower (2018), Source: ITGA

69

EXPORT VALUE

Million US$ (2019), Source: UN Comtrade

70

PRODUCTION VALUE

Million US$ (2018), Source: ITGA

2,363

YIELD

kg per Hectare (2018), Source: ITGA

5,330

REVENUE/HA

US$/ha (2018), Source: ITGA

TOBACCO IN ZAMBIA

Brief contextualization of the importance of Tobacco in Zambia

72%

CONTRACT

Tobacco farming enterprise (% of total farmers)
D

omestic tobacco production is characterized by smallholder enterprises. The crop is regarded as one of the most viable crops to grow. This fact is due to the organized market structure that is set in place, while the same is not true for other crops that are suggested for diversification. Also, being a cash crop means that it provides growers with cash on hand, which allows growers and their families to able to face household and education expenditure, making tobacco a highly important source of income for the rural population. Tobacco is one of the crops that is produced due to being easily exported, generating precious foreign revenue for the country.

Sources: FAO, The Economics of Tobacco Farming in Zambia (2017), Tobacco and Nicotine database and ITGA.

EXPORT PARTNERS

This section aims at identifying the most important commercial partners in terms of Value and Quantity (Source: Calculated from data from UN Comtrade)

  • MALAWI 36%

  • CHINA 28%

  • SWITZERLAND 20%

  • ZIMBABWE 5%

  • GERMANY 4%

  • OTHERS 7%

  • MALAWI 53%

  • CHINA 16%

  • SWITZERLAND 11%

  • GERMANY 6%

  • SOUTH AFRICA 4%

  • OTHERS 10%

                                    VALUE (2017)                                                                                                          QUANTITY (2017)