The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has projected Zambia 2014 paddy rice production at around 49,000 tons (around 32,830 tons, basis milled), up about 9% from around 45,000 tons (around 30,150 tons, basis milled) in 2013 due to ample rains and government support through, the Farmer Input Support Program (FISP).

Rooting for 2015 cereal crops, comprising rice is underway. Zambia is a foremost producer of maize, but also yields small quantities of rice.

According to the FAO, “food security conditions in the country are steady, but about 351,267 individuals require food support due to dry hexes that resulted in crop cutbacks”.

According to USDA, “Zambia produced around 45,000 of paddy (around 30,000 tons, basis milled) and import around10,000 tons of rice in MY 2013-14 (May 2013 – April 2014) to meet a intake demand of around 40,000 tons”.