—-The World Food Programme (WFP) and World Vision Zambia have partnered in a programme called ‘Rural Resilience Initiative’ aimed at targeting issues pertaining to disaster risk and mitigation among farmers by training them to become resilient.
This came to light today when a combined team comprising the WFP Programme Officers from Switzerland, Micol Mulon and Stanley Ndhlovu from the same Organisation, and World Vision Regional Food Security and Economic Development Coordinator, Stanley Mateke and Associate Director for Grants Acquisition, Rose Zambezi, paid a courtesy call on Pemba District Administrative Officer (DAO) Timothy Mulenga.
Ms Mulon said her team was on a tour of the new district especially in World Vision areas of operation within and Monze District in order to assess and see programmes that could work under the ‘rural resilience programme’.
She disclosed that the programme was looking at components among others disaster risk and mitigation, credit and savings, insurance, conservation farming and capacity building of the District Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) and satellite committees.
She said the assessment was to see which areas were needier.
Ms Mulon noted that farming activities were mostly impacted by climate change and so there was need to help the farmers with the insurance of their crops.
And Mr Mateke from the World Vision also noted that farmers needed micro-insurance but that there was a tendency among them of not getting insurance for their crops and so the programme would first build their capacity by enlightening them on the importance of insurance.
Mr Mateke highly praised the Pemba district administration, saying it was very accommodating to Non-Governmental Organisations in combining efforts with them to address issues affecting the people in the district.
And Pemba District Administrative Officer (DAO), Timothy Mulenga, said he was elated by the partnership between the two organisations in their quest to improve the livelihood of farmers and benefit the entire community of Pemba district.
Mr Mulenga said he hoped that the assessment results would be favourable towards Pemba as it was a needy district especially that people’s livelihood were dependent on agriculture as the main economic activity.