A publication by the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) titled The Future of smallholder farmer support in Tanzania: Where to after the National Agricultural Input Voucher System (NAIVS)? discusses farm input subsidies in Tanzania and their impacts on smallholder farmers. The report examines the history of farm input subsidy programmes (FISPs) in the country, with a focus on the NAIVS, a large-scale subsidy programme funded by the World Bank which ran from 2009 to 2014. Input subsidies form part of a wider Green Revolution approach that seeks to commercialise African agriculture through economies of scale and smallholder integration into corporate value chains.
10 September 2018
South Africa Namibia Zambia Ghana Zimbabwe Lesotho Swaziland Malawi Tanzania Mauritius Mozambique
FISP farmer support seed fertiliser agroecology RWA Rural Women’s Assembly SAPSN Namibia Windhoek SADC Summit SADC
Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) jointly hosted a meeting of farmers and civil society organisations (CSOs) in August 2018 to share views and experiences on farm input subsidy programmes (FISPs) and public sector support for agroecology in the region. About 140 participants from Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland and Ghana attended the workshop. The gathering was part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) People’s Summit, a bigger event of over 800 delegates organised by the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) to coincide with the SADC Heads of State Summit happening at the same time in Windhoek.