Saturday, 16 October 2010


Government has said that its continued good economic and Agricultural policies continue to boost agricultural production in the country.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Andrew Phiri said to this effect, Zambia recorded a bumper harvest in the 2009/2010 farming season.
Mr. Phiri was speaking on behalf of Education Minister Dora Siliya in Lusaka during preparations of the World Food Day which falls today.
Mr. Phiri has since urged all farmers to take their produce to the Food Reserve Agency FRA so that government can improve the country’s food security.
And speaking earlier, British High Commissioner to Zambia Carolyn Davidson said that almost one billion people in the world are estimated to be hungry adding that every six seconds a child dies because of hunger related causes.
She said food security is a global challenge that requires concerted efforts at both international and national levels.  
Meanwhile, Over 3,000 children and young people from 93 schools in Zambia who are involved in school linking programmes managed by the British Council have participated in the World Food Day celebrations.
The 93 schools who participated in the programme are from Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe, Kalomo and Livingstone.
British High Commissioner Carolyn Davison and Ministry of education Permanent Secretary Andrew Phiri today participated in the celebrations which was held at New North Mead Basic School.
This is according to the press release made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Political, Press and Public Affairs Officer for the British High Commission Alfred Kapalayi.
In the release, British Council Director, Donna McGowan stated that food security affects all nations and cuts across all sectors in the society adding that it has an impact on the development process of every country.
He said the council is delighted that many of the children and teachers participating in the education programme in Zambia were able to highlight the significance of the day through their planned activities and exhibits at the new North Mead School and through the work they have done in the UK partner schools.
And the British High Commissioner commended the school-linking programmes between Zambia and the UK.
She noted that through the programme the children learn about each others culture and lifestyle.
She added that food security is a global challenge that requires concerted efforts at both international and nation levels adding that in recognizing this, the UK government supports developing countries such as Zambia in their response to providing food security through encouraging farmers at all levels to grow more food.
She further added that her government has supported the Zambian government in improving the education sector through a number of programmes including scholarships between schools in Zambia and UK.

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