FAO sets aside €11m for agriculture


THE Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has set aside almost 11 million euros [K60.940 million] to scale up conservation agriculture in Zambia.
The project is aimed at enhancing food security in the country and promoting sustainable use of natural resources.
FAO representative to Zambia George Okech said the goal of the project is to reduce hunger and malnutrition while helping to develop the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.
“The conservation agriculture scaling up project is a four-year European Union-funded project beginning in 2013 with a total budget of 10,963,393 euros. A programme has also been launched to revise and update the National Aquaculture Strategy (NAS) and the National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP) costing US$96,731 in total and funded by FAO,” he said.
Mr Okech said this in response to a query on Monday.
He said FAO supports Government’s efforts in creating pathways for increased food security and sustainable livelihood in both rural and urban areas by enhancing agricultural productivity, market access and promoting the creation of decent and productive jobs for the Zambian people.
Mr Okech highlighted food security and sustainable livelihood as key drivers of inclusive growth which are in line with the Government’s revised Sixth National Development Plan for 2013-2016.