Harare, 07 November, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe have launched an agricultural “Economy Value Chain”, an “ambitious” initiative that is expected to help promote self-sustainability among the people of God in the Southern African nation.
A value chain is a range of activities in the creation of a product, from the reception of raw materials to reaching a consumer. It comprises stages such as packaging, distribution and the marketing of the product.
In a Tuesday, November 2 statement, members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC) say the value chain dubbed The Stellar Mundi Industrial Hub "is both a commercial enterprise and a tool to develop, transform and build our communities."
“The Church is embarking on an ambitious project that will see the establishment of a synergistic Catholic Economy Value Chain. This will involve operations from farms through factories to families in the communities around us, which include both Catholic and non-Catholics,” they say.
In their statement signed by ZCBC President, Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndhlovu of Harare Archdiocese, the Catholic Bishops add that the Value Chain "is both a commercial enterprise and a tool to develop, transform and build our communities. It is the Church's torch to shine a light in dark places and shine a light in these dark times."