Lusaka, 02 October, 2021 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Caritas Zambia has lauded the country's President for committing to agricultural innovation and food security at the just concluded UN Food Systems Summit in New York, USA.
In his September 23 address, President Hakainde Hichilema (HH) said that the quality of food must be accompanied by a strong agricultural value chain. The Zambian President also highlighted the need for appropriate technology, innovation and agricultural research to enhance food productivity.
“Caritas Zambia appreciates the commitments shared to the UN Food Summit by His Excellency, President Hakainde Hichilema that spoke to the improvement of agriculture extension services; investment in research; regeneration of land and the protection of biodiversity; the regeneration of indigenous species; forest management; and a robust tree planting exercise,” Caritas officials in Zambia say in their statement shared with ACI Africa.
The Caritas officials also appreciate “the fact that the government recognizes that the production of quality foods needs will be supported by a robust and sustainable agriculture value chain.”
In this spirit, officials of the development and humanitarian arm of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) express the hope that “no rural farmer, especially small scale, will be left behind in the attaining of food and seed sovereignty in Zambia.”