Small farmers upset over K2 million emerging farmers fund

Irate smallholder farmers want to know how K2 million, which was allocated in the 2017 budget under the Emergent Farmers Assistance Fund to help them mechanise their farms, was spent. At least 1 000 smallholder farmers were to benefit from the money. Scores of farmers who spoke to Africanfarming.com on…

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IAPRI supports comprehensive e-voucher system

The Indaba Agricultural Policy and Research Institute (IAPRI), a great critic of government’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) has endorsed the rolling out of a fully-fledged electronic voucher (e-voucher) system. The agricultural think-tank says complete implementation will be a much more cost-effective way of providing input subsidies to Zambian farmers…

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African GDP growth has bottomed out

This could be the year of reform and renewed growth in African economies. Dr. Martyn Davies, Deloitte Africa’s managing director for emerging markets and Africa, said that structural reform of economies could be one of the mega trends of the year. “Usually this is impossible without a crisis. The shock…

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Zambian fish stocks decline as demand rises

Over-fishing and unsustainable fishing methods have led to the decline of Zambian fish stocks according to a recent report released by the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI). Falling fish stocks are directly related to a decline in the per capita fish consumption, which has dropped from 12kg/person/annum to 10,3kg/person/annum.…

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