I thought I had understood the agriculture budget allocations this year, until I saw these two FRSP resources on the budget :
- Discussing the 2009 National Budget for Zambian Agriculture. ACF/FSRP Research Staff. Presentation by Antony Chapoto and Michael Weber at the Agricultural Consultative Forum Annual Stakeholders Breakfast Budget Workshop, Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia. 04 Feb. 2009.
- Background Materials to Support the Feb 4, 2009 Budget Analysis Presentation : Small and Medium-Scale Household Income and Other Characteristics by Quintile of Household Per-Capita Land Use - 2004. Tadeyo Lungu, Augustine Mutelekesha, Antony Chapoto, Margaret Beaver and Michael Weber
It turns out that real spending on agriculture this year has actually reduced. Perhaps not surprising considering the excesses of the elections (a lot of FSP support to woo voters left us with little money) and the costly FRA imports. But, what I found most puzzling was that despite the chant for diversification there has been very little support for sectors that can achieve export diversification like cotton. There remains also the issue of agriculture focused education and training. It appears no strategy exists in this area - or am I missing something?