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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 2, 2020

Disseminating of Agricultural Policy Research Messages amidst Covid-19 with the Grassroots using Radio

Restrictions designed to control the spread of COVID 19 have meant that traditional face to face workshops with key stakeholders are not available for the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) and other institutions until further notice. Despite this, IAPRI has continued to share and discuss its agricultural policy researched messages amidst the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak using different forums such new media, electronic... read more.

Public Perceptions of the Effects of Covid-19 on Livelihoods and Priority Measures

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected all sectors of the global economy. Economic decisions have become more dynamic and it has become difficult to focus on pre-COVID-19 economic plans. Amidst this uncertainty, it is important to have institutional arrangements with mechanisms that can keep decisions focused on maintaining and increasing economic growth, particularly in the agricultural sector and allied sectors while dealing with the... read more.

2019 Champions of Agriculture Awards Held

In 2019 the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research (IAPRI) Institute held the first ever Media Awards with the aim of recognizing media personnel who had made an outstanding contribution to agricultural policy reporting in 2018. Musika Initiatives, who are committed to improving the welfare of Zambians through improved agricultural marketing, had also been working towards hosting similar awards. In 2020, the two institutions collaborated and mooted the 2019... read more.

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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 1, 2020

IAPRI takes Part in a Study on the Economic Implications of Climate Change in Zambia

The Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) and the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) in collaboration with the International Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have embarked on a study to assess the economic implications of climate change in Zambia.

The inception meeting for the study was held at the Sarovar Premiere Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia on Tuesday 4th February 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to present and discuss, with the stakeholders, the goals and approaches of the study and to share some initial... read more.

IAPRI Launches the Second Year of its Grassroots Programme

In 2019 IAPRI started its Grassroots Outreach Programme. The main aim of the programme is to empower the ultimate beneficiaries (farmers, input sellers, output buyers) of with IAPRI’s research messages so that they can engage in fact-based advocacy and also to use of the same information for their own immediate benefit, where possible.

Last year’s grassroots research themes were on productivity-enhancing public financing and agricultural diversification. This year (2020) the research topic is on climate change and its effects on food security and market access... read more.

Review of the Performance of the Agricultural Sector in 2019 and Expectations for 2020

2020 At the beginning of each year, IAPRI engages the media to share its analysis of the performance of the agriculture sector in the previous year and gives expectations for the New Year. On January 10 2020 IAPRI’s Executive Director Chance Kabaghe had an interview with the Zambia National Information Services (ZANIS) where he gave IAPRI’s review of the year 2019 and the expectations for 2020.

Mr Kabaghe highlighted that the 2018/2019 production season was characterized by serious rainfall deficits, particularly in the western and southern parts of the country. The dependence of smallholder farming on rainfall exposes... read more.

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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 4, 2019

IAPRI Holds Food Security Update Meeting

The year 2019 was characterized by a lower than normal maize harvest. Precisely the 2019 maize harvest was estimated to be 16% less that it was in 2018. In addition, the county seemed to have different experiences despite that national decrease. The northern part of the country appeared to experience a good harvest while the southern and western parts of the country appeared to have much lower than normal harvests. So what was the factual position on the ground?... read more.

IAPRI Collaborates with MSU on Studies on Zambian Agriculture Stakeholder Perceptions

The Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) collaborates with institutions that have similar or complimentary mandates. Building and enhancing alliances with such institutions is actually one of IAPRI’s strategic goals. IAPRI has continued to collaborate Michigan State University (MSU) in pursuit of its strategic goals... read more.

Agricultural Budget Review Meeting with Reference to Climate Change Held

Following the presentation of the 2020 National Budget by the Minister of Finance - Hon. Bwalya Ngandu, the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) hosted the 2020 Agriculture Budget Analysis Breakfast Meeting with Special Reference to Climate Change on Thursday October 17th 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka... read more.

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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 3, 2019

Chipata Grassroots Meeting held

IAPRI held its second grassroots meeting in Chipata district on 15th July, 2019. The aim of the meeting was to share findings on agricultural diversification in Zambia and agricultural public spending and poverty reduction with the ultimate beneficiaries who included farmers, input and output dealers and the media, among others... read more.

IAPRI Discusses Implementation of the Electronic Voucher with Zambia's Political Parties

Political party structures are critical in shaping the implementation of agricultural policy in Zambia. IAPRI has continued to conduct fact based dialogue meetings with political parties in Zambia with the aim of... read more.

IAPRI Exhibits at the 2019 Show

In its continued efforts to disseminate research outputs to the wider public, the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) participated at the 93rd Agricultural and Commercial Show held from 31st July to 05th August 2019 in Lusaka under the theme... read more.

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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 2, 2019

IAPRI Successfully holds its inaugural Media Awards

In a bid to engage the media in its outreach efforts further, IAPRI held its inaugural Media Awards on 3rd April 2019. The IAPRI Media Awards had the following specific objectives:... read more.

IAPRI holds its 7th Annual General Meeting

IAPRI held its 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Southern Sun Hotel On 10th May 2019. At the AGM the Institute presented its 2018 Annual and Business reports, as well as the Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31st December 2018... read more.

IAPRI Works with Political Parties

In its continued quest to enrich the agricultural policy debate in Zambia with facts, IAPRI has continued to work with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in conducting workshops with Zambia’s major political parties on key issues in the Zambian agricultural sector.... read more.

IAPRI tracks the Electronic Farmer Input Support Programme (E-FISP) Implementation

The evidence from long term studies in Asia, Europe, the USA and Africa show that the highest payoffs for public expenditure in the agricultural sector by rank are research and development, roads, education/extension, irrigation investment and the public ... read more.

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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 1, 2019

Maize Trade Policy in Zambia Brought Under Scrutiny

IAPRI held a dissemination workshop on the Maize Grain Trade Subsector in Zambia on the 21st of February 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka. The objective of the dissemination was to discuss the latest research results and experiences in Zambia’s Maize Grain Trade and use the results to enhance implementation of government plans in agriculture and rural ... read more.

The Direct Input System Being Implemented Alongside the E-FISP is Counter to the Original Objectives of the E-FISP

The Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute IAPRI has stated that the Direct Input Supply (DIS) System implemented alongside the Electronic Farmer Input Support Programme (E-FISP) where farmers are accessing fertilizer and maize seed is completely counter to what the original objectives... read more.

IAPRI Launches its Grassroots Outreach Programme

The ultimate aim of IAPRI is that the research messages it generates are used by stakeholders to implement fact-based and effective agricultural policies that will reduce poverty, increase incomes and improve nutrition outcomes in... read more.

IAPRI Appears before Parliament to Discuss the Management of the Forestry Sector in Zambia

On February 6th 2019, IAPRI appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Land and Natural Resources where it made a submission on the Management of the Forestry Sector in Zambia. IAPRI was specifically requested to make recommendations on the ... read more.

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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 3, 2018

IAPRI takes part in the 2018 ZITF

The Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) held an exhibition during the 54th Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) from 27th June to 03rd July 2018, in Ndola, Copperbelt Province, under the theme “Private Sector, Key to Industrialization.” The Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) is an industrial, commercial and agricultural exhibition with which brings together both international and local exhibitors. ... read more.

IAPRI wins an Award at the 2018 Agriculture and Commercial Show

IAPRI recorded a first when it won the 2nd Prize for the category Best Ministry of Agriculture Exhibit at the 92nd Agriculture and Commercial Show that was held from 1st to 6th August 2018 with the theme “Sustainable Economic Empowerment”. The Ministry of Agriculture Hall where IAPRI was exhibiting also won 2nd Prize for interpretation of theme among all exhibitors at the 2018 show... read more.

IAPRI dates the Media

IAPRI continues to forge strategic alliances with various stakeholders and the media fraternity has not been left out. In a bid to strengthen strategic relationships with Zambia media IAPRI held its first ever Media Breakfast Dialogue on 23rd August 2018 at the Pamodzi Hotel. Various media houses within Lusaka were represented at the meeting. Some key chief executives from major Zambian media houses were present such as the Zambia Daily Mail ... read more.

Inaugural National Fisheries and Livestock Symposium Held

IAPRI in collaboration with The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in held its inaugural National Symposium on Fisheries and Livestock at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre on the 31st of August 2018. The overall objective of the Symposium was to discuss the latest research results and experiences and use those to catalyze implementation of government... read more.

Impact Evaluation of the Gender and Groundnut Value Chains Study Breakfast Dissemination Meeting Successfully Held!

The Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, held a Gender and Groundnut Value Chain Study Breakfast Dissemination Meeting on Monday 13th August 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka. Mrs Thelma Namonje-Kapembwa, IAPRI Research Associate, made the presentation at the meeting, which focused on the gender, related impacts of two United States Agency for International... read more.

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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 2, 2018

IAPRI Meets the New Minister of Agriculture to Present a "White Paper"

It is the tradition of IAPRI that once a new minister if appointed to one of the key ministries dealing with agriculture, the Institute meets the new minister to present and discuss with him or her a "White Paper" of key issues pertinent to agricultural development. In simple terms, a White Paper is an in-depth report on a specific topic that presents a problem and provides a solution from a subject matter specialist. For IAPRI, the White Paper are factual exposes of key issues, options available and ... read more.

Presentation of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review Preliminary Findings to the Office of the Vice President on Thursday 12th April 2018

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in 2012. The Zero Hunger vision reflects five elements from within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which taken together, can end hunger, eliminate all forms of malnutrition, and build inclusive and sustainable food systems in Africa. The Strategic Review seeks to establish a baseline that links appropriate national priorities enshrined in the... read more.

IAPRI Management, Staff and Guarantors Honoured at the 2017 Annual General Meeting

IAPRI held its 5th Annual General Meeting on 11th May 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka. Speaking during his welcoming remarks, the Board Chairman Dr Mick Mwala commended the institution for continuing to set the bar high and contributing to the creation and enhancement of sound policies in the sector. The Chairman also revealed that the year 2017 was the first under the new... read more.

IAPRI Participates in the Multi-Stakeholder Food and Nutrition Summit

IAPRI was one of the key stakeholders that collaborated with the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) to hold a national stakeholder Food and Nutrition Summit to stimulate political will and existing commitments into actions for accelerated improved. The Summit which was held under the theme "Investing in Food and Nutrition for Accelerated National Development - Walk the Talk" provided a forum for .... read more.

IAPRI Successfully Hosts the Youth and Agriculture Symposium

Zambia, like most of the developing world, has a big and growing youth population is called the "youth bulge" in development circles. The youth bulge presents opportunities and challenges for developing economies. The bulge is good for growing the economy because the youth are critical component of the working age. The challenge that the bulge poses is that most of these youths are... read more.

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Bi Monthly Electronic Bulletin - Issue 1, 2018

Sub-Regional Workshop on Monitoring Food Security - Great Success

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Statistics Division in Rome in partnership with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in Zambia held a Sub-Regional Workshop on Monitoring Food Security in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for... read more.

Review of 2017 and Forecast for 2018

IAPRI has declared 2018 as “The Year of Impact”. With this declaration, the Institute took time to reflect on some of the key issues that transpired in the agricultural sector in 2017, and provided its expectations for agricultural reforms on the same issues in 2018 as follows:... read more.

IAPRI takes part in Developing the Zero Hunger Strategy for Zambia

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in 2012. The Zero Hunger vision reflects five elements from within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which taken together, can end hunger, eliminate all forms of malnutrition, and build inclusive... read more.

IAPRI's Farm Block Study used by Government to Revise Implementation on Farm Blocks

In October 2017, IAPRI published a working paper entitled “Are Farm Blocks a Viable Development Model for Smallholder Farming in Zambia?” The paper has attracted a number of stakeholders among them the Ministry of Development.... read more.

Should Zambia Panic Over the 2017/2018 Dry Spell?

Farming can be a very frustrating enterprise at times. Take the dry spell experienced in January 2018 in most of the southern parts of the country, as an example. Farmers have to look on helplessly as their livestock and crops wither away under the scotching sun during what is supposed to... read more.

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October 2017 Bulletin

Informal Trade in the Cotton Sector and its Impacts on the Economic, Social and Environmental Performance in Zambia and Zimbabwe 

IAPRI in collaboration with the Cotton Board of Zambia held a Cotton sector Policy Engagement validation workshop to share study findings on “Informal trade in the cotton sector and its impacts on the economic, social and environmental performance in Zambia and Zimbabwe”. The study was...  read more.

IAPRI's 2018 Agriculture Sector Budget Analysis

Following the announcement of the ZMW 71.1 Billion National Budget by the Minister of Finance Honourable Felix Mutati on 29th September 2017, IAPRI held its Annual Budget Breakfast Analysis Meeting on 10th October, 2017. IAPRI presented an in-depth analysis of the agriculture sector budget allocation and its implications on poverty reduction and increased... read more.

Agriculture Budget Allocations Comparison Between the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, and Ministry of Agriculture

Agrinatura, a group of European universities and research organisations, in collaboration with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute held a stakeholder validation workshop on the 2nd August 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel on the... read more.

IAPRI Strategic Alliances

In its continued effort to build and strengthen its strategic alliances, IAPRI participated and moderated two key agriculture industry events during the month of October.... read more.

Electronic Vourcher Implementation and Job Creation

New research from IAPRI demonstrates that the e-voucher will create around 3,000 new agro-dealer jobs – and many more in related sectors. This much needed job creation underlines the already strong case for the e-voucher and demonstrates the need for the Government to ensure... read more.

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August 2017 Bulletin

IAPRI Releases Article on FRA Market Aligned Prices 

The Food Reserve Agency [FRA] announced a price of ZMW 60 per bag, which was closer to what the market conditions where dictating for maize in the 2017 marketing season. The price was met with mixed reactions from...  read more.

IAPRI exhibits at the 90th Agriculture and Commercial Show

The provision of evidence-based policy solutions through high quality research and outreach services for the transformation of Zambia's agricultural sector to achieve sustainable broad-based pro-poor growth is the... read more.

IAPRI and Agrinarura host the Egg Value Chain Meeting

Agrinatura, a group of European universities and research organisations, in collaboration with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute held a stakeholder validation workshop on the 2nd August 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel on the... read more.

IAPRI Invited to the VUNA / ZCGA Stakeholders Workshop

The Institute was recently invited to the VUNA / ZCGA [Zambia Cotton Growers Association]APRI has continued to expand its reach for its products and this year the Institute participated in the 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) held on 28th June to 4th July 2017 in Ndola, Copperbelt Province, whose theme was "Industrialisation... read more.

IAPRI attends COMESA organized Biotechnology Sensitization Workshop

Despite the wide adoption of biotechnology around the world the technology remains at very low use in Africa. In part the technology has not yet been fully accepted in many parts of Africa. Building understanding and consensus on the... read more.

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July 2017 Bulletin

IAPRI gets invite to the First ever Luapula Expo 

The Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute [IAPRI] was invited to exhibit at the first ever Luapula Expo and Investments Conference under the theme "Linking Investors to Luapula Province to...  read more.

The Agriculture Institute of Zambia Launched

Over the years, the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute and other institutions working in the agriculture sector have been working on the creation of an agriculture institute to regulate the activities of professionals in... read more.

IAPRI holds SOPAG

The Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute in collaboration with FoodTrade held a Soya Policy Action Group (SOPAG) validation workshop on 17th July 2017 at the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lusaka to discuss preliminary... read more.

IAPRI gets to the Zambia International Trade Fair

IAPRI has continued to expand its reach for its products and this year the Institute participated in the 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) held on 28th June to 4th July 2017 in Ndola, Copperbelt Province, whose theme was "Industrialisation... read more.

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May 2017 Bulletin

IAPRI holds its 5th Annual General Meeting and unveils the 2017 Theme 

IAPRI successfully held its 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 12th May 2017...  read more.

E-Voucher Performance and Recommendations for National Wide Roll Out

The traditional Farmer Input Support Programme [FISP] is beset by... read more.

Fall Armyworm Outbreak in Zambia: Responses, Impact on Maize Production and Food Security

In November and early December 2016, Zambia experienced an... read more.

Achieving More with Less: Reform and Scaling Down Of FRA & FISP And Boosting Social Protection

Zambia continues to suffer from a regime of ineffectual subsidies and insufficient... read more.

IAPRI exhibits at the Agritech Expo

IAPRI was among the agriculture stakeholders that exhibited at the Agritech... read more.

IAPRI holds and facilitates Technical Writing Workshops

Technical writing is necessary to effectively translate and communicate... read more.

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IAPRI makes yet another mentorship stride

In addition to executing its mandate of agricultural policy research and outreach, IAPRI implemented a six month internship program. The aim of the program is to contribute to...read more!

What really is the value of non-timber forest products in Zambia?

Forests and woodlands benefit the economy directly and indirectly. Despite this the sector’s...read more!

Our 2017 Thematic Areas

Working towards a Zambia free of hunger, malnutrition and poverty...read more!

“Integrate gender and nutrition into agricultural extension”

IAPRI’s Executive Director Mr. Chance Kabaghe has said that it is important to integrate gender and nutrition into agricultural extension services...read more!

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Firewood and charcoal are harvested by over 93% of the rural agricultural households in Zambia...read more!

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IAPRI Collaborates with MSU on Studies on Zambian Agriculture Stakeholder Perceptions