‘FISP should incorporate nutrition, development’

GREVA Mwale - wife Jennipher - farmer

A CONSORTIUM of civil society organisations (CSOs) has observed that the agricultural policy on Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) in the country has been pursued without consideration on nutrition and development.
In a joint presentation to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture chaired by Rufunsa member of Parliament Kenneth Chipungu on Wednesday, Zambia Civil Society Scaling-up Nutrition Alliance (CSO-SUN) and Centre for Trade and Policy and Development (CTPD) submitted that there is need to incorporate nutrition programmes in the agriculture and livestock strategies.
CSO-SUN head of advocacy and communication Eneya Phiri said it is unfortunate that nutrition has been sidelined in most agriculture and livestock programmes.
Mr Phiri called for the re-examining and restructuring of the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) and FISP schemes so that they can impact more positively on nutrition.

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