The main functions of the Food Reserve Agency is to administer strategic food reserves, engage in market facilitation as well as develop and manage national storage facilities. According to the Food Reserve Act, the FRA was established as a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, capable of suing and of being sued in its corporate name. FRA has power to do all such acts and things as a body corporate may by law do or perform.
The purpose of the national strategic food reserve is to ensure a reliable supply of grains for the country and to meet local shortfalls as well as other food emergencies caused by drought, floods and other natural disasters.
The agricultural marketing policy of the government is reflected in the FRA Act. It contains provisions, which aim at creating the necessary conditions to encourage the private sector to develop efficient agricultural production and marketing systems, while curtailing the direct intervention and control by government agencies and institutions. The FRA, therefore, is the implementing body of the Food Reserve Act.
The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is a major grain buyer in Zambia. The agency efficiently manages sustainable national strategic food reserves, ensuring national food security and income through the provision of complementary and high quality marketing and storage services, in line with international standards.
FRA completes the value chain by providing market access to small scale farmers in rural areas which results in the following benefits:
Food Reserve Agency (FRA) units
The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has constructed silos, sheds and slabs to preserve grains from the time they are procured until they are needed for consumption. This ensures a continuous flow in the market in case of a shortage and also stabilises prices.
FRA has managed to reduce crop wastage in areas where storage facilities have been built. The agency is proud that cases of crop wastage in the country have drastically reduced due to its continuous construction of storage facilities.