$272 million bioenergy project launched

THE Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in partnership with the Ministry of Energy, has launched a US$272 million technical cooperation project (TCP) on bioenergy, food security assessment and capacity building.
The project will be implemented from October 2018 to 2020.
Currently, statistics indicate that 77 percent of the country’s primary energy relies on traditional biomass and only 4.4 percent of the rural population has access to electricity.
In relation to food security, 47.8 percent of the population in Zambia is under-malnourished and 60.5 percent lives below the national poverty line.
FAO country representative George Okech said access to modern, stable and sustainable energy is essential in achieving food security, agricultural growth and poverty reduction

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