Chibuye 2009 – JCTR Rural Basket in Zambia

In today’s difficult situation, a more exact awareness and a wider diffusion of the set of principles for reflection, criteria for judgment and directives for action would be of great help in promoting both the correct definition of the problems being faced and the best solution to them”… The Social Agenda, 2000. The above quotation is a strong reminder that the best solutions can only be defined once accurate information and critical analysis has been conducted. This conference offers a good platform to strengthen the assertion that paying attention to all elements affecting food security is a starting point to devising sustainable ways of dealing with hunger. Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world with 64% of its people living below the poverty threshold and about 51% living in extreme poverty1 measured by failure to meet the minimum required basic food items. Predictably, the rural population makes up the majority of the poor currently averaging 80%. Extreme poverty incidence within Zambia has not substantially reduced from 58% in 1991 to 51% in 2006. The expectation is that the figures will rise due to effects of the 2008 global food and economic crisis, making the dream of attaining the first MDG far-fetched and creating a wider barrier to the achievement of human development.

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