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The Zambia Story: Shaken, not stirred
HaSSP Field Day
26 April 2011


FANRPAN has leveraged a partnership agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to ensure that Zambia is a beneficiary of this innovative project which is bound to have an impact on the people of Zambia. The following are highlights of the Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) in Zambia:
  • A seed producing community has been established in Kapiri Mposhi district. The farmers are growing one maize variety ZM 521 and two groundnut varieties: Chishango and MGV 4.
  • HaSSP Consultants conducted an audit of the seed certification institute (Seed Control and Certification Institute-SCCI) in Zambia during the period 28th February to 3rd of March 2011. The objective of the audit was to enable FANRPAN to identify human capacity/knowledge gaps and training needs in Zambia.
  • HaSSP conducted a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Training workshop from the 13th-14th of December 2010 in Kabwe to sensitize the 17 participants on M&E concepts as well as to develop an M&E framework for the project in Zambia.
  • FANRPAN was subcontracted by AFSTA to conduct baseline studies under Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA's) COMRAP project in each of the four pilot countries. A baseline study was conducted on the seed sector of Zambia. A report was submitted detailing current requirements for variety release and registration; standards for seed certification; phytosanitary measures; plant variety protection; seed import/export documentation and procedures; as well as membership to international organizations.
  • The Zambia FANRPAN node (Agricultural Consultative Forum-ACF) coordinated by Mr Masiye Nawiko organized a HaSSP planning workshop attended by 37 stakeholders in the seed business including ACTESA. The workshop was officiated by the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives: Mr A.K Banda. The purpose of the workshop was to develop a plan for Zambia to harmonize its policies, legislation and systems with SADC protocols on seed.
  • The national work plan developed by stakeholders in Lusaka was reviewed in Pretoria during a HaSSP Regional Planning and Budget Meeting conducted from the 10th to the 11th of August 2010 where a regional action plan was developed.
  • The two seed elders in Zambia are Dr Samson Simbarashe Mundia, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and Mr Winter Chibasa, former Managing Director of ZAMSEED.
The field day was intended to showcase:
  • Importance of HaSSP to the farming community of Zambia, especially in seed production
  • Good management practices of the seed crop
  • Advertising the seed crop, especially to seed companies who are interested in purchasing the seed
  • Appreciation of the funding from the Swiss Development Cooperation
The Zambia Field Day: Shaken not Stirred!

A bumper groundnut crop Dr Bellah Mpofu addresses the participants with the help of Mr Emmanuel Mwape, the National Translator
A bumper groundnut crop Dr Bellah Mpofu addresses the participants with the help of Mr Emmanuel Mwape, the National Translator
It began with a cold morning when Dr Bellah Mpofu, Mr Yuven Gounden (FANRPAN) and seed elder in Zambia, Dr Samson Mundia embarked on the 275 km drive from Lusaka to the Likumbi district in Central Province. The pleasant scenery and drive took a dramatic turn after 200 km of tarred road whereupon the vehicle veered onto a gravel road. The beautiful scenery was rudely interrupted by dust and the van rattled along the undulating road as the three individuals bobbed up and down and left to right. But, at the end of the trip came an interaction with people who were humble, receptive and very hospitable and warm. After being shaken, such spontaneous warmth stirred emotions and feelings for a people who are unpretentious and warm.

A parallel to the "Shaken, not stirred" analogy is the actual visit to the farm belonging to Mr and Mrs Munsanje, two highly industrious individuals. They planted maize and groundnut seed crops, but were "shaken" by drought. However, hard work, patience and the confidence of having planted a quality seed variety paid off handsomely! The results speak for themselves- both crops returned good yields, in spite of the drought and the fact that the seeds were planted late- 13 December 2010. The field visit took place at this farm.

The day commenced with a field visit to the crops that were a direct result of the Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP)- a pilot project in four SADC member states to provide enabling support to domesticate the regional seed protocol; harmonize seed policies and legislation; and implement the provisions of the protocol with enhanced national capacities. The four pilot countries are: Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The speakers ranged from the FANRPAN representative and manager of the HaSSP project, Dr Bellah Mpofu, The guest speaker was Mr Kunda Mwila, the District Commissioner: Kapiri Mposhi District. Also in attendance was Ms Elizabeth Shuma, the Provincial Agricultural Officer. All speakers expressed a deep appreciation to FANRPAN and SDC who made the project possible. The impact of the project was clearly discernable and direct beneficiaries (farmers and community members) were clearly appreciative of the efforts of all stakeholders who made the project possible. The guest speaker also encouraged farmers to explore further possibilities, especially planting new seed varieties other than maize and groundnut. Dr Mpofu and the other speakers also praised the efforts of the farmers who ensured the success of the project.

Two representatives of the Agricultural Information Office: Central Province were present. These gentlemen will disseminate stories, pictures and video footage to the media in Zambia.

Finally, the traditional food complemented the warm hospitality of the people which was echoed in their spontaneous entertainment, song and dance.

Guest of honour, Mr Kunda Mwila encourages the farmers and community members Mr Munsanje thanks the participants
Guest of honour, Mr Kunda Mwila encourages the farmers and community members Mr Munsanje thanks the participants
Ms Elizabeth Shuma addresses the crowd Song and dance of a warm people
Ms Elizabeth Shuma addresses the crowd Song and dance of a warm people
The participants during the field day in Zambia
The participants during the field day in Zambia

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