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Zambia Emerges as Potential Food Basket for Africa with AGRA Partnership

His Excellency Hailemariam Dessalegn Boshe, Board Chair of the Pan African NGO, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), engaged in a high-level discussion with Zambia’s President, Hakainde Hichilema. 

The talks centered around Zambia’s strategic position as a land-linked nation, poised to transform into a key food provider for the region and the continent.

President Hichilema commended AGRA’s commitment to invest $100 million in enhancing sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems across seven African countries.

The focus of this financial support is set to empower nations, including Zambia, to harness their agricultural potential and contribute significantly to the overall food security of the continent.

The significance of Zambia’s strategic location, complemented by the Lobito, Benguela, and TAZARA Corridors, has opened up unprecedented opportunities. 

With favorable hydrology, a climate conducive to agriculture, and fertile soils, Zambia is poised to become a pivotal player in ensuring a surplus of food for export.

President Hichilema emphasized that AGRA’s dedication to supporting Zambia with agricultural expertise and food assistance aligns seamlessly with the country’s intensified efforts to achieve food security and a surplus for export. 

The President reiterated that ensuring citizens’ food security remains a paramount goal for his administration.

This partnership between Zambia and AGRA holds immense promise, as it not only underscores the country’s commitment to agricultural development but also positions Zambia as a potential leader in transforming the agricultural landscape of the African continent.

As discussions progress, both parties expressed optimism about the positive impact this collaboration could have on local farmers, the economy, and, ultimately, the broader goal of achieving food security across Africa. 

The allocation of funds from AGRA is expected to catalyze a wave of sustainable agricultural practices, innovation, and resilience, setting the stage for Zambia’s emergence as a key contributor to the continent’s food basket.

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