PARM Process in Zambia was officially initiated in June 2016, and it is currently at the risk assessment phase with the recently finalised World Bank-led RAS report. PARM also collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture to organise a capacity development CD1 workshop in June 2018.
Parm Phases Status
Zambia’s agricultural sector extensively employs the population, feed the nation and contributes to GDP. In the years between 1990 and 2013, the sector’s productivity rose markedly by 170% but the contribution to GDP has gradually been declining in the wake of compounding risks.
PARM worked strategically with the World Bank team to develop a comprehensive risk assessment for Zambia. The assessment enabled stakeholders to identify the key priority risks – drought, excessive rainfall and floods, crops pest and diseases and price volatility.
Based on the recommendations outlined in the assessment, PARM and its country partners identified two ARM tools that align with market risk needs in Zambia These are; Warehouse Receipt Systems (WRS) connected to the FRA and the ZAMACE and Access to Information on Early Warning Systems.
So far, PARM has organised a CD1 activity in Lusaka. The training attracted over 60 participants from a diverse stakeholder group and increased their knowledge of the general ARM concept, risk methodologies and the range of management options.
At the moment, PARM is preparing for a feasibility analysis on the two identified ARM tools. When completed, the finding will inform PARM and country partners’ decision to invest in the tools and mainstream components into policy frameworks.
Setting up Mission
In May 2016, a correspondence was initiated between the Government of Zambia and the IFAD President. This was followed by a clearance from the Steering committee for PARM to joined the IFAD design mission on E-SAPP in Zambia. The mission was to ensure that a holistic approach to ARM is mainstreamed into the proposed E-SAPP project. It also an exploratory mission to prepare for Zambia’s potential participation in the PARM programme.
Road-map for the PARM Process
By the end of June 2016, Zambia was officially a new PARM country, following approval from the Steering Committee. With this progress, a setup mission was organized in the first week of March 2017 to prepare the roadmap for PARM Process.
Risk Assessment Study (RAS)
In November 2017, a team of experts from the World Bank finalised an agricultural sector risk assessment for Zambia. The full report was published in April 2018 – a copy is available on the PARM library. PARM Process is, therefore, progressing into the ARM capacity building, tools identification and feasibility study phases.
Capacity Development Seminar
PARM organised a capacity development (CD1) training on the E-SAPP program in Zambia on the 28th of June 2018 in Lusaka, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). The workshop welcomed many partners from local and international development agencies, farmers groups and the private sector actors. It played a key role in presenting findings from the World Bank-led risk assessment for Zambia. It also increased local knowledge on the holistic approach to ARM and an overview to ARM tools.