Zambia: 12 Envoys in Zambia On Agro Mission

TWELVE people from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are in the country to learn about Zambia's agriculture sector.

The 12, who are focusing in the areas on food and nutrition security, are in Zambia for two weeks under the auspices of COMESA and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

They are attending a communications and knowledge sharing workshop on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

Besides Zambia, the participants have been drawn from Swaziland, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Gambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sudan, Malawi and Seychelles.

Speaking shortly after leading the delegation on a conducted tour of the Zambeef farm in Chiawa on Friday, COMESA CAADP unit deputy director Nalishebo Meebelo said the participants work for governments in their respective countries in areas of policy and planning, information systems and communication, among others.

"The idea of facilitating this workshop as COMESA is to impart tools and knowledge in these participants on how best to communicate CAADP not only in their member states but in their regions, on the continent and the rest of the world," she said.

Dr Meebelo said CAADP was an initiative endorsed in Maputo in 2003 by the African Union heads of State to urge governments to enhance budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector of at least 10 per cent per annum so as to attain six per cent growth of the sector per annum.

Dr Meebelo said the aim of visiting Zambeef was to impart into the participants knowledge and skills for them to implement what they would acquire in their countries and the world at large.

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