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Zambia gets $9.5m WFP allocation

PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
THE World  Food  Programme  (WFP)  has approved  a  budget  of  US$9.2  million  for  the Zambia  country programme.
The budget comes with an extension of 10 months from March  to December this year.
According to a statement from Zambia’s ambassador to Italy Frank Mutubila, the WFP board approved the proposed budget increase on its first regular session.
In line with the Zambia country strategy of 2011 to 2015, WFP is implementing the programme to support social protection for vulnerable households.
This includes assisting Government in its national social protection strategy and home-grown school feeding programme.
WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin awarded a certificate of appreciation to Zambia through Mr Mutubila in recognition of Zambia’s contribution to the WFP operations of fighting hunger and malnutrition worldwide last year.
Mr Mutubila commended WFP for recognising Zambia’s contribution to its work and saying Zambia attaches great importance to the fight against hunger and poverty, hence Government prioritising agriculture in its national development plan.

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