Health Day is an annual event at FRA when staff get medical counsel and examination. Here FRA staff listen to Health practitioners.

Scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) late last year toured FRA depots in Lusaka.

FRA participated at the 2017 Swaziland International Trade Fair in Manzini.Here a group photo at the Zambian stand with Ministers.

Honorable Members of Parliament (MPs) listening to an FRA presentation during a seminar last year with MPs at Parliament Buildings.

FRA Board Chairperson Joe Simachela (Left) presenting the “Satellite Depot Handbook”, a book authored and published by FRA, to Hon. Maxas Ng’onga, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture during a seminar last year with MPs at Parliament Buildings.

Honorable members of Parliament (MPs) cheering an FRA presentation during a seminar last year with MPs at Parliament Buildings.

Zambia Railways (ZR) is revamping its tracks to FRA depots in order to be competitive in freight and logistics. Here ZR workers fix the Bwana Mkubwa FRA siding.

Some of the FRA stakeholders attending a seminar hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture at which FRA made a presentation late last year at Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) ,Lusaka

FRA Seasonal staff show off the Cholera vaccination certificates. FRA has ordered all staff in depots countrywide to get the Cholera vaccine.




The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) was established in 1995 by the Government through an Act of Parliament, Cap 225 of the laws of Zambia. The Food Reserve Act of  1995    (“ the FRA Act”) was passed. Pursuant to this Act, in 1996 the Food Reserve Agency        (“FRA” or “the Agency”) was established, replacing the operations of the former National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBOARD) and Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF).

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In 2005, Government amended the FRA Act and bestowed upon the Agency the extra mandate of Crop Marketing.

FRA was established as a consequence of the various social and economic reforms Government embarked upon since 1991 aimed at creating a market oriented economic system in Zambia. As a result, the agricultural sector, including marketing of agricultural produce, was liberalized and this saw the Government reducing its participation.

Government’s involvement in the agricultural sector is now restricted to:

  • Ensuring the maintenance of food security reserves;
  • Providing overall market support;
  • Providing relevant market information; and
  • Providing agricultural credit facilities to small-scale farmers

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Food Reserve & Marketing Department

The Food Reserve and Marketing department is charged with the core responsibility of managing the national strategic food reserves. The department is composed of four units namely Standards and Quality, Market Information, Operations and Monitoring and Evaluation.

The staff establishment in the department is 116 permanent staff. During the peak season, the department hires around 6,000 seasonal employees.





The Legal Department is mandated to deal with all matters that have legal implications in the Agency. It also provides support services to other departments and units in so far as matters of law are concerned.

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