FAO in Zambia

The FAO Representation office was established on 19th September 1978 at the request of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.H.E The minister of Lands and Agriculture A. Chikwanda then signed the agreement on behalf of the Republic of Zambia while Director-General Dr. Edouard Saoma signed on behalf of the Food Agriculture Organization(FAO).

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative (FAORep), is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to reduce hunger and malnutrition; to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way.

 In particular, this is achieved by:

  • Developing, promoting and overseeing strategies for addressing national food security, agriculture and rural development objectives;
  • Developing and implementing FAO's field programmes by identifying and formulating new programmes and projects and by liaising with local stakeholders including donor representations;
  • Helping governments to prevent disasters, assess damage, and assist them in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the agricultural sector;
  • Carrying out public awareness activities and supporting important FAO activities such as TeleFood and the World Food Day;
  • Providing assistance to technical and investment missions from FAO headquarters and from Regional or Subregional Offices to the country;
  • Serving as the channel of FAO's services to governments and other partners (donors, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, research institutions, etc.);
  • Keeping FAO informed of major social and economic developments in the country and monitoring the situation of the agriculture sector in the country;
  • Representing FAO before host governments and all partners involved in FAO activities.

As representatives of the Director-General in their country of assignment, FAOReps develop and maintain relations with the government and other institutions in the country and liaise on behalf of the Regional Representative (RR) or Subregional Coordinator (SRC) with (sub)regional organizations located in their country. They guide all units in FAO on country assistance priorities and guide all FAO staff in the country on advocacy, policy, security and general managerial issues. FAOReps work in the line of command of the Director-General with whom they generally communicate through the Office of Support to Decentralization (OSD). 

The role of the FAORep has significantly expanded over the last few years, especially as regards their increasing responsibilities within the project cycle and their interaction with the UN Country Team (UNCT).

 The FAO Zambia office has indeed increased its responsibilities and in size. Currently it even has an Emergency Programme unit. FAO premises are also housing IFAD country office.

FAO Office buiding in Zambia which is located at house number 5 Addis Ababa Drive, Lusaka

FAO Zambia Regular Staff members

Mr. Christian Chomba          Assistant FAO Representative - Programmes

Mrs. Dorothy Jere                  Programme Assistant

Ms. Mabel Chibesakunda       Senior Secretary

Mrs. Rachel Kaluba Chenge    Administrative Assistant

Mr. Chinsamba Daka            Information Resources Clerk

Mrs. Hazel Chizyuka               Reception/ Communication Clerk

Ms. Florence Mwiya                 Programme Clerk

Mr. Friday Chanda                  Driver



Dr. Jim Belemu                      Manager   -  Disaster Risk Reduction

                                           Management Unit (DRRMU)

Mr. Kadonsi Chinganya           Operations Officer  DRRMU

Mr. Brighton Mulonga              Project Manager    Cassava Project

Ms. Celestina Lwatula              Programme Officer - Integrated Land Use

                                             Asssessment Phase Two (ILUA II)

Mr. Nicolaas Van der Werf         Technical Adviser  - ILUA II

Mr. Simon Mulela                      Driver   DRRMU

Mr. Alfred Mubanga                   Driver   DRRMU