Zambia’s smallholder farmers and the complexities of government support

The Zambian agricultural sector rests on the shoulders of an estimated 1.6 million smallholder farmers. It is envisaged that graduating them into commercial farming will create the much-needed impetus to dent high levels of poverty and unemployment. Nearly 3 decades after the initiation of agricultural market reforms in sub-Saharan Africa,…

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Finance for African smallholder farmers without land still a challenge

Farmers borrow money to improve and maintain farm infrastructure, to upgrade equipment, to finance the production of the coming season’s crop, to buy in animals or to buy more land. Briefly put, they use borrowed money for recapitalisation, production and expansion. The banks will lend farmers between 60% and 80%…

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Zambian Chief Liteta empowers subjects with land certificates

His Royal Highness Chief Liteta of the Lenje speaking people issued out over 160 'land certificates', otherwise known as ParcelCerts, as demonstration of his commitment to economically empower his subjects. This article was written by Pamela Hamasaka  Speaking during the signing ceremony held in Chibombo District on Friday 24th November…

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Zambian farmers await FISP funding

Zambian Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya said K1.7 billion will be released next week for the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), which this year runs on a full electronic voucher (e-voucher) system. “By the end of November, government will release the money to pay farmers under the e-voucher system,” Siliya…

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