Agricultural stakeholders needed a voice in the policy decision making processes during the transition process from a centrally controlled and state-run economy to private-lead growth. Thus the Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (ASIP) Consultative Forum was established by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1998 as an ASIP project.
In 2003, the Forum changed its name to Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF) and registered as a stakeholder association under Section 7(1) of the Societies Act Cap 119 of the Laws of Zambia, dedicated to contribute to agricultural development in Zambia through policy level advocacy and management of stakeholder consultation and consensus building activities.
Since then, the ACF has been an influential agent in the policy debate in and around Zambia's agricultural sector. These policy debates have led to the development of a large numberof Policy Advisory Notes, which have had significantly shaped the way the agricultural sector was run, both from the private and the public sector side.