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FAO provides $40m

ESTHER MSETEKA , Lusaka
THE Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other co-operating partners have provided support of US$40 million in aquaculture enterprise development project to enable smaller fish farms boost their productivity in Zambia.
The other partners include the African Development Bank, WorldFish and Rabobank Foundation.
This is contained in a statement availed to the Daily Mail by FAO Zambia office on Monday.
FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said developing the aquaculture sector in Zambia will enable the country breed tilapia and in turn reduce dependency on imported fish.
Dr Graziano da Silva recently met President Lungu and discussed cooperation projects and the effect of El Niño in the agricultural sector.
“FAO is already working with Zambia and [other co-operating partners] on a US$40 million aquaculture enterprise development project, which is focussed on smaller fish farms and aimed at both increasing production and fostering entrepreneurial possibilities for young graduates.
“The organisation has been a long standing partner of Zambia and will continue providing technical expertise and support resource mobilisation in the area of aquaculture, climate change adaptation and livestock,” Dr Graziano da Silva said.
He applauded Government for implementing climate-smart agriculture projects that help to build farmers’ resilience against El Niño.
FAO’s work programme in Zambia has been designed taking into account the country’s Seventh National Development Plan as well as the recently signed Zambia-United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework.
Earlier, President Lungu said there was need to identify long-term responses and prioritised resilience building, given the volatile weather and unexpected climate change patterns in the country.
“Simultaneously, tackling food security and malnutrition is cost-effective. That is what we are aiming at in Zambia. We look forward to collaborate closely with FAO to ensure that the men and women of our country benefit,” he said.




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