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Research Report

INPUT VOUCHER STUDY ZAMBIA: Phase I: Literature Review and Planning

Thomson Kalinda
Mwalimu Simfukwe
Copyright Date: Jun. 16, 2007
Pages: 37

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  2. (pp. ii-ii)
  3. (pp. iii-iii)
  4. (pp. iv-iv)
  5. (pp. v-v)
  6. (pp. 1-3)

    Zambia has emerged from an era of agricultural policies which were restrictive, centralised, and with heavy intervention and participation of Government in most processes and a minimal private sector role. After the 1990s, the need to strengthen and expand the role of the private sector become apparent and inevitable considering the emerging opportunities and challenges which were facing the agricultural sector.

    While the decision was made to adopt the policy of embracing the private sector, the government went further and undertook to reform its key policies, acts and strategies to ensure a sustainable and enabling environment for liberalisation of agriculture...

  7. (pp. 4-9)

    In this section of the literature review exercise, the summary findings of relief seed/voucher country reports finalized during 2006 have been updated against literature from local and international studies.

    The previous FANRPAN study (Simfukwe, 2006) established that there are two parallel seed distribution systems in the country ― the “commercial channel” through the wholesale and distribution networks of about 5-6 major seed companies, and the “non-commercial channel” through the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MACO), relief agencies and NGO farmer support programmes. It was also agreed in the national validation workshop for the study held on August 10, 2006 that...

  8. (pp. 10-12)

    There are two seed distribution systems in input relief, the commercial and non-commercial channels (Simfukwe, 2006). Sperling (2004) argued that the use of the term “non-commercial” implies an acceptance of the argument that relief organizations are generally using an ‘acute’ response ― seed aid ― to treat what are more often ‘chronic’ poverty-based problems, and that Chronic seed distribution is resulting in the emergence of a relief seed system which does not undertake adequate diagnosis. In the same vein he added that in the absence of seed-related needs assessment, the default option has been to assume that there is a...

  9. (pp. 13-17)

    The increasing complexities of governance requirements are beginning to demand evidence-based policy and suitable collaboration in the generation of this evidence. This pressure for increased planning transparency is pushing for increased dialogue in research processes, which would then lead to stakeholder-embracing consultative processes before they assume policy-level acceptance.

    To guarantee or at least improve the chances of implementation of research findings, the questions that need to be answered include the following:-

    Who needs the particular policy research? Or is anyone listening to the researchers?

    After research, what next? i.e. how do we move from knowing to doing?

    How do we...

  10. (pp. 18-19)

    Having undertaken literature review since January 2007, it is intended that some minimal level of literature review will continue in the remaining stages of the study. However, a structured questionnaire will constitute the main instrument for capturing primary data from field survyers. There will also be some additional work done on collection of current research and knowledge on input vouchers in Zambia and elsewehere. As part of the field survey, perspectives of stakeholders and intended beneficiaries will also be captured through informant interviews and PRAs at farmer community level.

    The researchers will continue to undertake collection and analysis of secondary...

  11. (pp. 20-25)