Govt commits to ending hunger, malnutrition by 2030

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Minister of Agriculture Micheal Katambo says it is the responsibility of every global citizen to fight hunger and malnutrition.

Katambo said this when he officiated at a High level dinner held in celebration of World Food Day, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka, organized by international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, in collaboration with the CSO-SUN Alliance. This year’s World Food Day was commemorated under the theme “Our Actions Are Our Future. A  #Zero Hunger World By 2030 Is Possible.”

The event was part of a Pan African campaign leading up to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, which will gather actors from across nutrition, agriculture, and food.

South African Rugby Player & Captain of the Springboks, Siya Kolisi, and Zambian entertainers Cleo Ice Queen, Slap Dee and B’Flow graced the event, while South African Singer/Songwriter and TV presenter, Nandi Madida played host.

In his speech, the minister observed that poor nutrition is a challenge whose consequences flow throughout the life cycle and cascades down a generation, affecting everyone.

“Clearly there is need to act now to address malnutrition in the country, thus this year’s theme calling upon everyone to act,” Katambo said. “Our goal is to eliminate hunger by the year 2030 as stated in this year’s theme which is in line with the country’s ‘Vision 2030’ of attaining middle income status. Hunger and malnutrition pose a major threat to the vision 2030.

“Elimination of hunger and malnutrition requires us as a nation to increase our agricultural production and productivity by adopting agricultural production techniques, change our food production patterns and develop social protection systems for the underprivileged communities,” the Minister said, adding that the Zambian Government therefore supports the Mandela 100 campaign and all it is trying to achieve.

Global Citizens have been calling on the Zambian government to commit and show leadership at the December 2 Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 by increasing nutrition spending by R581 (USD$40) per child, which would mean spending an additional US$25 million per year towards nutrition. Currently, 40 out of 100 children are stunted, and at risk of cognitive and physical limitations that can last a lifetime.

Global Citizen has since invited Vice President Inonge Wina, a national nutrition champion, to announce the additional US$25 million per year towards nutrition at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in December.

At the same event, musician Cleo Ice Queen said: “Our earth has been blessed with lots of water, fruit, vegetables, domestic and wild animals… why must our children suffer from malnourishment? Let’s do better for the next generation. Children are our future and our legacy.”

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