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Case 205 - The IMF Structural Adjustment Program for Zambia's Agricultural Sector

Case 205 - The IMF Structural Adjustment Program for Zambia's Agricultural Sector

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Sandberg, Eve N.

This case study describes the intended and unintended consequences of an International Monetary Fund structural adjustment program for the agricultural sector of and the United Republic of Zambia. On October 5, 1985, Zambian policymakers began implementing a high-conditionality IMF SAP. When this program did not provide the expected benefits, the resulting public outcry forced Zambian policymakers to alter the implementation policies in April 1986. Finally, after food riots and demonstrations throughout the country, Zambian officials canceled the IMF program in May 1987. Students will gain a better understanding of the economic, political, ethnic, and gender dilemmas which formed the basis of domestic opposition to the IMF’s program in Zambia.