Govt undertakes capacity building for vulnerable but viable farmers to enhance food security


Ministry of Community Development and Social Services has undertaken a digitisation training for the implementation of Food Security Pack Management Information System (FSPMIS).

The training is for the Wetland cropping component aimed at enhancing implementation efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.

The Food Security Pack (FSP), primarily empowers vulnerable but viable farmer households under three major components namely, the Rainfed Cropping, Wetland Cropping and Alternative Livelihood Initiative (ALI).

The FSPMIS is further meant to promote transparency and accountability in the distribution of farming inputs under the FSP component, in order to expedite government’s vision of addressing food insecurity amidst the drought situation due to crop failure in 84 out of 116 districts in Zambia.

During the training in Lusaka, Director for Community Development, Patricia Muyamwa, urged the officers to be effective in the execution of their duties for government to succeed in its quest to promote food security both at national and domestic levels.

“You are saviours for the vulnerable and poor people and when these see you, they are comforted that you have come to get them out of poverty, hence the need for you do your best and work diligently and effectively,” Muyamwa said.

She acknowledged that the hunger situation across the country was dire and would require efficiency, accountability and transparency in the implementation of various social protection programmes.

Meanwhile, Malawian Director for Community Development, Clotilda Sawasawa, praised Zambia for effectively implementing various social protection programmes, which she said Malawi had learnt from, with prospects of replicating back home.

She said nutritional and food security would undoubtedly be achieved with such ambitious programmes such as the FSP.

“Malawi and Zambia have many things in common in the implementation s of various social protection programmes and called for mindset change by embracing hard work and patriotism,” Sawasawa said.

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