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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

EU to Support Conservation Agriculture in Zambia

The EU will spend over 11.1 million euros in support of conservation agriculture in Zambia between 2013 and 2016, benefiting 19,572 farmers from 30 districts. According to the EU Head of Delegation in Zambia, Kirsi Pekuri, this support was needed as the conservation agriculture has the potential to significantly reduce poverty among households in the southern African nation.
Mr Pekuri underlines that the fight against poverty, reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets and food security are “key focus areas of EU's development cooperation”. Speaking of conservation agriculture he said:  “[this] approach is further linked to some of the most central topics of our days such as climate. It is in fact a mitigation measure against negative effects of the climate change".
The new project, which is estimated at 5.8 million euros, will involve overcoming challenges posed by limited mechanization in land preparation, weed control, pest management, post harvest handling and transportation of produce to markets.