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  • "To coordinate and provide timely, quality and credible official statistics for use by Stakeholders and clients for sustainable Development.


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  • “To achieve an effective, efficient and coordinated National Statistical System (NSS) that will ensure sustainable production and disseminating of demand driven official statistics for national development”.

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The first Agriculture Census was undertaken during the post independence era  of the 1970/1971 Agriculture Season. The second Agriculture Census was undertaken in the 1991/1992 Agriculture Season. Both Censuses were undertaken on a large sample basis using sampling frames derived from the immediate past Population and Housing Censuses. Thus, sampling frames derived from the 1969 and 1990 Population and Housing Censuses were used to sample Enumeration Areas (EAs) for Agriculture Censuses undertaken in subsequent years.


Data collection on agriculture had concentrated on large scale farms up until 1964. Prior to 1964, small and medium scale farms were not considered of importance in terms of their contribution to overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the years from 1964 to date data collection activities have concentrated on all categories of farmers. The first benchmark data collected from the 1970/1971 Agriculture Census was more comprehensive in that it had included small and medium scale farms.



The agriculture sector in Zambia contributes a very significant proportion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) averaging about sixteen (16) percent per annum. Thus, the census provides current benchmark economic indicators on agricultural activities. 


The major objectives of the Census of Agriculture are;

  • To provide comprehensive benchmark data on the agriculture sector of the economy which includes a comprehensive list of farmers categorised by small, medium and large scale.
  • To measure the Gross Value Added (GDP) and other indicators of the Agriculture Sector and its contribution to the economy.
  • To strengthen the data generation capacity of the Central Statistical Office in the area of Agriculture Statistics.
  • To enhance the analytical capacity of staff at the CSO through training of staff in Agriculture Statistics, Agricultural Economics, Sampling, Survey Design and Management.
  • To provide a sampling frame for subsequent agricultural surveys such as the Crop-Forecasting Surveys (CFS) and Post Harvest and Livestock Surveys (PHLS). 

Specifically, the Census of Agriculture provides benchmark data on the following:

  • Identification and location of agricultural holding.     
  • Legal status of agricultural holder.
  • Sex of agricultural holder.
  • Age of agricultural holder.
  • Household size.
  • Main purpose of production of the holding.
  • Area of holding according to land use types.
  • Total area of holding.
  • Land tenure types on the holding.
  • Presence of irrigation on the holding.
  • Type of temporary crops on the holding.
  • Types of permanent crops on the holding and whether in compact plantations.
  • Number of animals on the holding for each livestock type.
  • Presence of aquaculture on the holding.
  • Presence of forest and other wooded land on the holding.
  • Other economic production activities of the holding’s enterprise.
  • Horticulture
  • Floriculture
  • Agriculture Inputs
  • Agriculture implements/machinery
  • Capital Investment
  • Cost of production
  • Production
  • Sales etc.+