UN food system summit 2021
PEASANTS SEED SYSTEMS: FIGHTING FARMERS INPUT SUPPORT PROGRAMME (FISP) IN ZAMBIA
This project aims at contributing towards a transformation of the food system, by responding to nutrition needs, seed sovereignty, and environmental protection, though, multi-cropping, use of indigenous seeds, and lesser use of fertilizers and pesticides.
This project will work towards
The contribution to the transformation of the seed system, that allow the introduction and use of indigenous varieties
challenging the current system which promotes new seed varieties, use of fertilizers and pesticides
Discourage mono cropping and encourage farmers to secure nutrition through multi-cropping
The case of Majariwa Community (Dangote)
Dangote industries is located in Masaiti district. Masaiti District is a district of Zambia, located in Copperbelt Province. The capital lies at Masaiti. As of the 2000 Zambian Census, the district had a population of 95,581 people. It neighbours Lufwanyama District and Mpongwe District. At one time, before 1997, these three districts were known as 'Ndola Rural. The district has reasonable industrial infrastructure, which supports economic activities and jobs for its population. The area has become semi industrialised as it contains limestone a key ingredient in the manufacturing of cement and lime. There is therefore significant pressure for companies to acquire land in the chiefdom.
In 2010, it was decided by Senior Chief Chiwala that 400 households in Majariwa village would be displaced to pave way for construction of the Dangote Cement Industries Zambia Limited. The Majariwa community members did not want to be relocated to other possible lands in Mutateshi, Katoniti and Chilengwa because they are unfertile and far from Ndola town where most farmers supply their produce.
our land our life
Workshop at the
Conference, World Food Day, 16 October, 2020
In 2013 a desk research (https://www.fian.org/en/publication/article/fast-track-agribusiness-expansion-land-grabs-and-the-role-of-european-private-and-public-financing-in-zambia-2393) and field visits of February 2014, December 2017 and November 2019 undertaken by FIAN Germany and FIAN Zambia (in 2017 together with FIAN International) to Kalwanjembe Ward of Mumbwa District and other places in the Big Concession recorded a number of violations and conflicts between Amatheon Agri Zambia and the surrounding communities were identified, as well as labor violations. The recent visit was conducted from 2nd to 3rd February 2021.
The Case of ZAMPALM
ZAMPALM is located in Kanchibiya district. The district is one of the poorest district in Zambia. The total population of the district is 127,604, and a land size of 5,252 Kilometers.
In 2008, ZAMPALM a subsidiary company of ZAMBEEF Zambia expressed interest in acquiring customary land in Chief Kopa’s Chiefdom located in Muchinga Province of Zambia for establishing a PALM oil plantation. Currently ZAMPALM has over 409 506 palms planted over 3,600 hectors of land. In 2013, Zambeef boosted the plantation through a loan received from two EU-based development banks, i.e. the German DEG and Dutch FMO.
ZAMPALM is now under a Private Public Partnership with ZAMBEEF and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). IDC is a Zambian state agency that has been mandated to manage government companies.
Discussions were held between the community ZAMPALM the chief and Community, Sankalimba, Namusalwa, and Kepi Village, respectively, for establishment of the PALM tree Nursery, workshop and factory for ZAMPALM limited. The agreement has not been fully respected.