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Zambia has a population of over 15 million people.

Zambia’s economy depends heavily on mining, in particular the mining of copper. Agriculture is a relatively poorly developed industry. Although only one-sixth of the country’s arable land is under cultivation, agriculture employs the majority of the labour force.

The main crops produced are corn (maize), sorghum, millet, cassava (manioc) and groundnuts (peanuts). Smallholder farmers mainly grow these crops.

91-98% of the food energy consumed in Zambia comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

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