More women to get farming inputs – Zambian agriculture minister

The Zambian government has introduced a gender quota of 45% women for this year’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), said Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya. Local media reports Siliya said the move is in line with government’s plan for economic diversification. “Government wants gender quality in its development agenda and will…

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Policy agency calls for reduction in FISP spending

The Zambian Government’s agricultural subsidy programme (FISP) is failing and it should investigate and promote other options to encourage growth in the agricultural sector, says the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI). “Despite evidence showing how the country’s signature Farming Input Subsidy Programmes, FISP, has failed to spur agricultural diversification,…

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‘FISP malpractices rife’ – farmers

Farmers exposed widespread malpractices in the distribution of the Farming Inputs Support Programme (FISP). They claim they have been disadvantaged by unscrupulous people and government agents who were profiting from the system. The claims came days after minister of agriculture, Dora Siliya, declared that FISP had failed to propel small-scale…

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