FSP activities in Zambia are focused on capacity building and technical support for policy system strengthening and agricultural policy research, following the end of the third phase of the Food Security Research Project (FSRP III). FSRP III created the Zambia’s first think tank dedicated to agricultural policy research and outreach, the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), and supported its institutional capacity development over the period 2012-2016. Year Three FSP activities in Zambia will be carried out in support of IAPRI’s research, outreach and capacity building activities, and to undertake work that supports sustainable improvements in policy systems for agriculture.
Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI)
Status: Core-funded Activities and Buy-In Mission
Funding dates: MSU has operated in Zambia since 1999
Previous fundings: Food Security Research Project
Components: C1-C2, C3, C4, and C5
Themes: Gender, nutrition, climate change and youth employment
A policy reform supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy in Zambia, has helped improve the results from the Zambian Farmer Input Support Program (FISP). By adopting an electronic voucher payment system, the FISP improved in targeting and efficiency. FISP reform includes flexibility to purchase agricultural inputs beyond maize seed and fertilizer, so farmers can purchase what they need most. It has also made the input sector more attractive to private investors, and helped agricultural diversification.
The Summit focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation in relation to agriculture and food security. High profile personalities, policy makers and scientists from Zambia, the Region, and the international community met to learn and share research findings, highlight promising response strategies, and identify unresolved issues for future research and implementation. READ THE REPORT.
In Zambia, fertilizer subsidy program had no statistically significant effect on the share or number of votes won by incumbent presidents.