|FANRPAN Convenes a Climate Smart Agriculture and Post – Harvest Management National Policy Dialogue in Zambia
|Cresta Golf View Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia
|9 June 2016
Participants of the Zambia National Policy Dialogue
With support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Platform for African - European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), FANRPAN convened a national policy dialogue on Postharvest Management and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in Zambia. The national policy dialogue was held at Cresta Golf View Hotel in Lusaka on the 9th of June 2016. The objective of the national policy dialogue was to bring together researchers, government, private sector, farmers, civil society and local policy champions to review the Zambia National CSA scoping study report in order to get more inputs from other stakeholders in light of new developments such as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and the Paris Climate Change Agreement under the UNFCCC and other relevant material. The national policy dialogue also discussed issues pertaining to post harvest loss management including aflatoxin contamination in the groundnut value chain.
The national policy dialogue was attended by 55 participants including NGOs, government, civil society organisations, the university and the youth (TPA actors). It was officiated by Mr. Peter Lungu the Director of the Agriculture Department. There were presentations from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) (Misael Kokwe), Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) (Dr Mukanga Mweshi), the Agriculture Consultative Forum (ACF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) (Brian Wei). WFP presented on their PHLM Model they are implementing in Uganda.
Mr Misael Kokwe (FAO) presenting on the status of CSA in Zambia
Dr Mukanga Mweshi presenting outputs from the PAEPARD project
Mr Brian Wei (WFP Uganda) and Mr Gilson Chipabika (ZARI) from addressing question on PHM from participants
The key issues that came out from the discussions during the national policy dialogue included the following:
Climate Smart Agriculture
- The issues of forestry management should be explicit in climate change strategies.
- There is need to operationalise the REDD+ strategy in Zambia which currently does not have an cation plan and adequate funding.
- The government should make a deliberate effort to invest in climate smart agriculture technologies.
- There is need for government and stakeholders to make deliberate actions to invest in climate change communication to raise awareness on CSA as an approach, the Zambia INDCs and the UNFCCC outcomes.
- The is need to improve on institutional arrangements to minimise role overlap.
- There is need to identify and strengthen policies that promote climate smart practices.
- There is need to have a national M&E system to track policy and implementation of the INDCs.
- Local capacity building is a success factor for the achievement of the INDCs.
- The is need to revise the curriculum to include Climate Change issues.
- PHL account for as much as 30% of total crop production (maize, common beans).
- Globally, the PHL problem is valued at $4 billion.
- Integrate the PHM technologies into agro-dealer network (make a business case for private sector).
- Market penetration without PHL subsidy will be a challenge.
- Addressing farmer cash flow by prioritizing management of household expenditure.
- Engagement of government to support PHM technologies by way of VAT exemptions and active promotion through extension.
- Set standards and impose regulations for aflatoxin management.
- There is need for mutual recognition of testing protocols for aflatoxin (sampling and diagnostics).
- Awareness creation for policy makers and the general public on aflatoxin contamination and its effects.
- There is need to training farmers, extension staff, processors, traders etc. on PHM and aflatoxins.