The Zambian Government is working on a strategy to engage the private sector to ensure food security for the people in mitigating the adverse effects of global warming on agriculture production, President Edgar Lungu has said.
Speaking during a high level meeting with Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) director general Jose Graziano de Silva in Italy yesterday, President Lungu said there was need for stakeholders world-over to work out ways of avoiding hunger for the people without looking for profitable incomes.
He said even with climate change, there was hope of improving the world response to food security by engaging the best agriculture practices available for increased production quantities.
“We are looking for partners in the private sector who can help improve food security for the people instead of just looking at profitability.
“Our agriculture sector in Zambia still remains a strategic area of focus in promoting economic growth in reducing poverty creating employment and wealth for many people,” he said.
President Lungu said the Government appreciated the presence of FAO in Zambia more so that together they could try and find better ways of addressing issues of climate change affecting food security and threats of hunger among the people.
He said so far, FAO had released up to US$ 7 million through its various agencies in response to effects of climate change during 2015 alone.
And Mr De Silva said they were pleased with Zambia’s strides in the implementation of recommended agricultural practices devised to ease the effects of global warming.
He said there was on record positive developments in Zambia on the implementation of the Green Fund as suggested at the Paris International Conference on Climate Change last year.
“What is important is to implement to Green Fund as agreed at the climate change international conference, and you (Zambia) can let us know what assistance you would require in the formulation process in your area of need.”