Introduction

 

The Policy and Planning Department has a role of ensuring that policies and objectives of the Ministry are maintained and coordinated in an effective manner on a continuous basis as well as reviewing these policies and objectives and making necessary changes to reflect the current demands of the agricultural sector. The Department also has the mandate for overall Policy formulation coordination, programme planning, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, donor co-ordination and mainstreaming gender and HIV/AIDS and other cross cutting issues within ministerial programmes.

Policy Analysis and Statistics (PAS) Branch

Programme Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME) Branch

The Functions of the branch

-          Coordinating sector performance analysis through various agricultural tools and studies;

 

-          Coordinating policy formulation, analysis and advice as well as preparing Cabinet memoranda on agricultural policies;

 

-          Maintaining an agricultural statistics database and provision of early warning information on food security;

 

-          Mainstreaming gender and HIV/AIDS and other cross-cutting issues within ministerial programmes

 

-          Analyzing the socio-economic impact of the Ministry’s policy on agricultural development, which will include impact of government, donor, private, NGOs aided programmes., structure of the market and gender issues in agriculture

 

 

The Functions of the branch

-          Coordinating the preparation of Ministerial programmes and projects to be implemented;

 

-          Coordinating the preparation, of the Ministry’ Strategic Plan;

 

-          Coordinating the preparation of the Ministry’s annual work plans and budget;

 

-          Designing and operationalising the monitoring and evaluation system;

 

-          Monitoring and Evaluation

 

-          Coordinating Regional and technical cooperation agreements in the agricultural sector and maintaining a data bank of all agreements;

 

-          Donor Coordination

 

-          Developing and building information systems and databases on development          programmes;

 

 

 

 

 1.    Policy Analysis and Statistics Branch (PAS)

  •   Sectoral  Policy and Rural Sociology section
  •   Data base Management Early Warning section

2.     Programme Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Branch (PPME)

  •  Monitoring and Evaluation Section
  • Budget Development and Coordination
  • Technical
  • Provincial

 

 

CORE ACTIVITIES

  • Undertakes sector performance analysis through various methodologies.
  • Coordinating policy formulation, analysis and advice on agricultural policies.
  • Maintaining an agricultural statistics database and provision of early warning information on food security.
  • Mainstreaming gender and HIV/AIDS and other cross-cutting issues within ministerial programmes.
  • Programme/project planning and budgeting, donor coordination and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Coordinating regional and international issues affecting the agricultural sector.

The PPD has the following specific objectives:

  • To monitor and assess agriculture performance in relation to established strategies
  • To undertake policy studies and analyses; and provide appropriate policy advice to enable the Government understand the outcomes of various policy options and select the most appropriate
  • To provide the technical leadership necessary to enable the ministry to effectively plan, monitor and evaluate agricultural sector programmes
  • To maintain an Agricultural Sector data bank to support policy analysis, performance assessment; and provide timely responses to issues raised by stakeholders
  • To co-ordinate preparation of the MAL budget
  • To contribute to the monitoring and control of Expenditure in the ministry.

Structure of PPD

PPD is headed by a Director and two and is divided into two branches, each headed by a Deputy Director. The branches are further divided into sections, which are headed by Chief Planners. The PPD branches and their respective sections are given below:

  1. Policy Analysis and Statistics Branch (PAS):

Functions of the branch:

o                        Sectoral  Policy and Rural Sociology section

o                        Data base Management Early Warning section

2.              Programme Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Branch (PPME)

o                        Monitoring and Evaluation Section

o                        Budget Development and Coordination

Specific Objectives and Activities of PPD Sections

i.    Sectoral Policy and Rural Sociology section

     The objective of this section is to strengthen capacity in formulation and implementation of policies and strategies in response to constraints or problems   identified or anticipated during sector programmers’ implementation. 

Activities of the Section include:

  • Preparation of briefs on agricultural policies.
  • Production and circulation of agricultural sector policy documents.
  • Follow up on privatization/ commercialization of agricultural enterprises.
  • Undertaking agricultural policy studies and analyses, including the Sector performance analysis.
  • Facilitating mainstreaming of gender and other cross cutting issues into agricultural activities.
  • Contributing to preparation of the Economic Reports (Agricultural Chapter)
  • Sensitization on and dissemination of agricultural policies to stakeholders.
  • Providing policy advice on socio-economic and gender aspects as they affect agriculture and program formulation.

ii.    Data base Management and Early Warning Section

       The objective of this section is to collect and analyze relevant data for the agricultural sector and to maintain a database.

Activities of the Section include:

  • Conducting Crop forecasting and Post harvest surveys.
  • Provision of early warning data and information for food security and timely planning and decision-making.
  • Undertaking Vulnerability and Food Needs Assessment.
  • Producing agricultural statistic bulletins and maintaining the agricultural database.

iii.    Monitoring and Evaluation Section

The objective of this Section is to undertake and co-ordinate the monitoring and evaluation of programmes in the agricultural sector.

The activities of the section include:

  • Co-ordinating activities among sub programmes within MAL and with other stakeholders in the sector.
  • Facilitating co-ordination with and among donors in the agricultural sector.
  • Undertaking program planning and designing.
  • Monitoring and Evaluating of the sector programmes
  • Coordinating the Management Information System ( MIS) for all the sub programs under MAL.

iv.    Budget Development and Co-ordination Section

The objective of this section is to coordinate budget preparation for MAL as a whole as well as to finalise and consolidate sub-program budgets.

Activities performed by the section include:

  • Coordinating the preparation of Ministry and Departmental annual work plans and budgets.
  • Consolidating the annual work plans and budgets for the Ministry.
  • Conducting analysis of investment trends in agriculture for rational distribution of resources.
  • Conducting periodic analysis on the sources and uses of investment funds in MAL.
  • Co-ordinating with donors and other stakeholders in the sector providing investment resources.\
  • Liaising with the Financial Management Unit in the effective monitoring of financial resources.

Key Investment Programmes under the National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) of the CAADP

  • Sustainable Natural Resources Management Programme
  • Agricultural Production and Productivity Improvement Programme
  • Market Access and Service Development
  • Food and Nutrition Security and Disaster Risk Management

1.              Business in a Changing Environment through collection, analysis and timely dissemination of reliable agricultural statistics and maintenance of data base in order to influence sound decision making by various stakeholders.

 

Contact Us

For Further details Contact: The Director - Policy and Planning Department

Telephone: +260211253520

Fax: +260211253520

Email:

Physical Address: Mulungushi House, P.O. Box 50197, LUSAKA

 

 

CAADP in ZAMBIA

What is CAADP?

CAADP is an acronym for Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme. It was endorsed by African Heads of State and Governments in Maputo, Mozambique in 2003. They agreed to commit at least 10% of the national budgets to agriculture and attain an average growth rate of 6% with the specific aim of reducing poverty and hunger by 50% by 2015.

 

CAADP aims at achieving and sustaining a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development on the African continent.

In Zambia, CAADP implementation is intended to support and strengthen the implementation of National Development Plans such as the SNDP. The CAADP process in Zambia was launched in 2006. The CAADP process in Zambia has been participatory and inclusive of key stake holder groups including the Zambia National Famers’ Union (ZNFU),  private sector, agricultural research institutions, the Academia, Civil society groups and development partners.

What is the relationship between the National Agricultural Policy (NAP) and the CAADP Compact?

CAADP is not a programme on its own, but a strategic framework that was agreed upon by NEPAD Heads of State to guide agricultural development on the African continent. It is not meant to replace the NAP but to detail programmes and projects that the various stakeholders can buy into and that address the national priorities.  The CAADP has been aligned with the NAP to ensure that it is consistent with the Country’s policy on agriculture.

 

What are the Four Pillars of CAADP?

CAADP is anchored on the following four pillars for agricultural development:

  • Pillar I: Sustainable land and water management;
  • Pillar II: Improving Rural infrastructure and markets;
  • Pillar III: Increasing food supply & reducing hunger; and
  • Pillar IV: Agriculture research, technology dissemination and adoption.

What is the Strategic Focus for the Zambia CAADP?

According to the Country CAADP Compact, broad Programmes for implementation under CAADP in Zambia include:

i)     Agricultural productivity improvement;

ii)    Sustainable land  and water management;

iii)   Agricultural marketing development;

iv)   Agricultural investment promotion;

v)   Food and nutrition security; and

vi)  Research and extension enhancement.

Where is Zambia in the CAADP Implementation process?

In 2011, Zambia became the eighth Member State of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the 24th country in Africa to sign the CAADP Country Compact on 18th January, 2011.

The Zambia CAADP Compact was signed on behalf of the Government of Zambia by:

                          (a)  The Minister of Finance and National Planning;

                          (b)  The Minister of Agriculture and Co-operatives; and

                          (c)  The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development.

The Zambia CAADP Compact was also signed by high-level representation on behalf of the following organizations:

                          (a)  The African Union (AU);

                          (b)  NEPAD Secretariat;

                          (c)  COMESA Secretariat;

                          (d)  ZNFU;

                          (e)  The Private Sector; and

                          (f)   The Civil Society.

Following the signing of the COMPACT, Zambia embarked on the process of formulating the detailed CAADP investment plan. The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock launched the investment planning process on 26th July, 2012. The National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) has now been finalized and was launched by the Republican Vice President His Honour Guy Scott at High-Level Business meeting that took place on 30th May 2013.

What was the purpose the High-level Business Meeting?

The main purpose of the High-Level Business Meeting was to mobilize financial and technical support for the priority investment programmes which are outlined in the NAIP. Financial commitments and pledges from Government, Donors, COMESA, and other partners were made during the Meeting.

What is the Cost of implementing the NAIP?

The cost for implementing the National Agricultural Investment Plan over the next five years (2014-2018), is us$ 2.7 billion, equivalent to ZMW 13.6 billion. At the current levels of planned financial support to the sector by government and other partners, there is an estimated financing gap of approximately US$ 605.23 million or ZMW2.978 billion over the next five years. This represents an enormous challenge in implementing the Plan.

 

NAIP Budget (ZMW Million) by Programme, year and financier 2014 - 2018

Mobilization of Financial Resources.

Financial resources to meet the cost of implementing the NAIP will come from the Government allocation, cooperating partners and other stakeholders in the sector.  Zambia may also seek financial assistance from Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP).

When will Zambia start implementing the NAIP of the CAADP?

The implementation of the NAIP of the CAADP will start in 1914.

 

For further information contact:

The Director

Policy and Planning Department

4th Floor

Mulungushi House

P.O. Box 50197

Lusaka

Tel: +260 211 256532

Telefax: +260 211 253520

 

Or CAADP Focal Point Person (Derrick Sikombe)

Policy and Planning Department

4th Floor

Mulungushi House

P.O. Box 50197

Lusaka

Tel: +260 211 256532

Telefax: +260 211 253520

 

 

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