E-Voucher Performance and Recommendations for National Wide Roll Out

The traditional Farmer Input Support Programme [FISP] is beset by challenges to an extent it is failing to deliver against its main objectives of increasing productivity and poverty reduction. Despite over 15 years of implementing FISP, crop yields remain persistently low, without significant reduction in rural poverty, yet the costs of the program remain very high.

Against this background, the Government piloted the electronic-voucher system (e-FISP) to replace the ailing traditional FISP.

Despite facing multiple teething challenges, the pilots have had some notable successes. The Government of Zambia has indicated its intentions to rollout the e-FISP countrywide during the 2017/18 farming season. This policy brief outlines some key areas that need to be addressed to be able to successfully implement such a rollout...

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