The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has urged government to allocate more resources to social protection programs to a tune of 5% of the total National Budget.
CSPR -Executive Director Stellah Mungaila has also observed that for the past three years National budget health allocation has never reached the internationally recognized standards of 15 % allocation as per the Abuja Declaration and this has affected service delivery in the health Sector in Zambia.
Ms. Mungaila has called on government to allocate 15 percent to the health sector to improve public service delivery in the sector.
She has noted that agriculture remains one of the key sectors for economic stabilization in Zambia However; Zambia has not fully exploited this sector due to limited resource allocation in the national budgets.
She notes that the allocation towards farmer input support program has been declining since 2018 from One Billion, Seven Hundred Eighty-Five Million to One Billion, Four Hundred and Twenty-Eight Million Kwacha in 2019 and One Billion, One Hundred, Eleven Million One Hundred and Eighty-Four Thousand Twenty Kwacha in the 2020 national budget.
She says CSPR, therefore expects that the 2021 budget will demonstrate the long-awaited need of investing more resources in the agriculture sector to champion agriculture diversification.