Zambia has experienced strong economic performance since 1999. However, agriculture has not performed as well as the rest of the economy, and although the incidence of poverty has declined, it still
remains high. The Zambian government, within the framework of the Fifth National Development Plan
Formerly at the Global Environment Facility in the Lands Degradation Portfolio, World Bank Group in Washington DC, Andrew is a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is working on understanding the socio-economic and ecological implications of large scale land acquisitions in Zambia, focusing on the farm block program in the country that the government has been promoting as a vehicle for rural development and food security.