Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2005
DTIS update 2014
WTO accession 1995

EIF is supporting Zambia to implement trade mainstreaming policies, in order to strengthen the country's participation in regional and global markets.

Targeted strategic support was provided in the honey sector with strong emphasis on apiary management, value chain addition and enhanced operation and efficiency.

MOU 05/05/16
Budget 600'600
End date 31/08/18

EIF is working to support Zambia's integration into the international trading system.


  • Zambia participated in negotiations to establish a One Stop Border Post (OSBP) between Zambia and Tanzania, with an agreement signed on April 2017.
  • In partnership with Sweden’s National Board of Trade, EIF (through the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry) is supporting human capacity development by rolling out an innovative curriculum of Trade Policy and Development courses at the University of Zambia.
  • A Cluster Advisory Group comprising various economic ministries and stakeholders was introduced to replace the Sector Advisory Group, striving to improve an effective coordination mechanism.
  • Two Domestic Trade Surveys on the edible oils sector and on the retail mall shopping sector were conducted in January 2017 to support policy formulation and validate the National Trade Strategy.
  • 10 Ministry staff were trained on the use of trade policy analytical tools in March 2017, 14 Ministry officers were trained on international best practices in procurement in November 2016, and 15 Ministry officers were trained on project accounts management in October 2016.
  • 39 participants from the public sector and two participants from the private sector were trained on rules of origin and Technical Barriers to Trade in June 2017.
MOU 01/02/13
Budget 2'469'930
End date 01/02/16

The project strengthened the already existing relationships between producer groups and processors, and supported the construction of bulking centres to provide easy access to markets for honey and honey products. Before the project, beekeepers kept honey in whatever containers they would get and incur costs in transporting their product long distances looking for buyers. Now, in communities with bulking centres, honey is sold within the communities and prices are negotiated. The honey producers, 30% of whom are women, are also being trained to improve productivity and quality. Resources have also been distributed to beekeepers, including beehives and equipment to test honey quality in terms of moisture.


  • 18 bulking centres have been constructed, and communities made contributions in kind to the construction, which helped create a level of ownership and an interest to maintain the facilities. The bulking centres contribute to improved quality, access to markets and reduced transaction costs.
  • Quality of honey from trained beekeepers improved by 60-75% compared to honey produced by untrained beekeepers.
  • 6,580 beekeepers (30% women) were trained in apiary management. 
  • Resources distributed to beekeepers included 5,638 modern beehives, 4,000 sets of protective clothing, 5,000 harvest and storage buckets and 2,000 smokers.
  • 11 processors are currently in the supply chain. These processors have provided more market alternatives for producers, thereby simulating production and competition.
  • 22 forest officers and 6 farmers were trained in Geographic Information System (GIS) data collection, and a GIS database was established at the Zambia Forestry College.
  • 3 women’s groups and one youth beekeeping group have been supported by the project.
  • The project supported the Zambia Honey Partnership as an ongoing platform for the public-private sector in promoting sustainable social and economic growth of the honey sector.
  • The adoption of modern beekeeping technologies has created an environment where women are encouraged to participate in the sector without being exposed to health hazards. The project deliberately targeted groups and entities that are led or owned by women participating in the sector. One of those was the Kabule Women’s Beekeeping group — a group of 20 members based in a town in the middle of Zambia called Kapiri Mposhi.
  • The group received training and has been linked to Luano Honey as the main buyer, which increased their production from 45 buckets of honey at the start of the programme to more than 300 in 2015.
  • Zambia Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) (2005)

  • Zambia DTIS Policy Summary (2005)

  • Newsletter: Zambia Inside EU and ACP (March 2011)

  • Trading stories: Zambia (2013)

  • Zambia Annual Progress Report (2013)

  • Zambia DTIS Update: Annexes (2014)

  • Zambia DTIS Update (2014)

  • Zambia DTIS Update Infographic (2014)


Cristina BANUTA
Donor Facilitator, Delegation of the European Union to Zambia