LUNGU bags pro-poor award

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu during the official opening of the African AU Committee of Ten Heads of State Summit on the UN Reforms of the Security Council at David Livingstone Safari Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia on Friday, May 9,2015 -PICTURE BY EDDIE MWANALEZA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu

President Edgar Lungu has been awarded the Regional Pro-poor Governance award.

The award is in appreciation for leading a government that is willing to listen to small scale farmers and bringing about change that will improve their livelihood.



And speaking after receiving the award on behalf of the President at a Regional Small Scale Farmers symposium in Lusaka, Vice President Inonge Wina thanked the farmers for the award.

Meanwhile, President Lungu said government remains committed to developing the agriculture sector.


The Head of State said this in a speech read on his behalf by Vice President Inonge Wina.

Ms Wina said government recognises the important role agriculture plays in the economy.


And Senior Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamambo of the Soli people said small scale farmers need the support of government and all stakeholders.

The traditional Leader said farmers are the bedrock of food security and national development.

Meanwhile, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa Chairperson, Bernard Guri said there is need to find African solutions to the continent’s agricultural problems.

Earlier, Dorcas Shonga who represented the farmers said there is need to promote conservation farming.


Participants from 12 countries in the Eastern and Southern African Regions are attending the Regional Small Scale Farmers symposium in Lusaka.