Mr Chola A. Kafwabulula Executive Director
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FRA was established in 1995 by the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Food Reserve Act Chapter 225 of the laws of Zambia. FRA was established to replace operations of the National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBOARD) and the Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF). Further, in 2005, the Government of the Republic of Zambia amended the Food Reserve Act and bestowed upon the Agency (FRA) the extra mandate of crop marketing. The Agency was established as a consequence of various social and economic reforms that Government embarked on since 1991 aimed at creating a market orientated 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. In 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture and FRA began the process of reviewing the Food Reserve Act Chapter 225 of the Laws of Zambia. This process led to the enactment of the new Food Reserve Act No. 6 of 2020 that was assented to by the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu on 23rd October 2020. The new Act has introduced some new and progressive clauses aimed at enhancing efficiency in the management of National Strategic Food Reserves.
A reliable Agency for sustainable strategic food reserves for the nation.
To manage strategic food reserves for national food security.
In order to attain the Vision and Mission Statements, the Agency commits to upholding the following core values:
Equity and accountability.
FUNCTIONS OF FRA:
The functions of the Agency include management of National Strategic Food Reserve as provided under section 5, sub section 1 and 2 (a-e) of the Food Reserve Act No. 6 of 2020 and are as follows:
a) Market and trade a designated agricultural commodity;
b) Purchase, import, sell, trade or export a designated agricultural commodity;
c) Establish, manage, lease and maintain a storage facility and equipment to be
used in relation to a designated agricultural commodity;
d) Collect information related to the marketing of a designated agricultural commodity; and
e) Advise the Minister on matters relating to the National Strategic Food Reserve.
Anti-Corruption Policy -
FRA has a zero-tolerance policy to corruption which is underscored by its warm and cordial working relationship with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The Agency has an Integrity Committee which underpins its desire to be a corrupt-free organisation.
FRA BENEFITS TO RURAL COMMUNITIES -
FRA completes the value chain by providing market access to small scale farmers in rural areas which results in the following benefits:
a) increased farmer net earnings hence improved living standards;
b) increased food production and household food security;
c) creation of massive seasonal employment for rural women and youths during the marketing season;
d) influences growth from small to emergent farmer category; and
e) facilitate asset accumulation.
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