PELUM Zambia Country Coordinator Muketoi Wamunyima has appealed to the media to develop interest the agriculture sector order to create awareness on issues prevailing in the sector.
Mr. Wamunyima said this during a media engagement meeting held in Lusaka recently.
The meeting co-organized by PELUM Zambia, Action Aid Zambia, FIAN International Zambia and Caritas Zambia was aimed at improving media reporting on agroecology and organic agriculture as well as increasing knowledge and awareness on organic food as a key contributor to human health.
He said agriculture, environment, climate change and people’s livelihoods were major discussions at national and global level hence the need for the media to take keen interest in the sector.
“The revision of the National Agriculture policy, the 7th National Development plan, the Land Policy and the National Biosafety Act is evident of the importance of the sector.”
He added that globally, discussions around agriculture and food systems had intensified with a United Nations Food Systems summit scheduled for September underway.
He noted that the summit aimed at strategizing on how the food systems could foster positive change in the agriculture sector as well as aid in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals will be held in Europe.
And speaking at the same function FIAN International Zambia country coordinator Vladimir Chilinya said the world was undergoing an ecological crisis characterized with false narratives aimed at promoting multinational companies operating in the agriculture sector.
He said farmers were given false hopes of increased productivity once they used chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the production of their crops and control of pests.
He however said the reality was that decades of using these farming methods had never yielded poverty reduction and food sovereignty but an increase in the levels of malnutrition among households and indication that industrial agriculture has been experienced.
He appealed to the media to create awareness among communities, policy makers and the various stakeholders on the need to adopt agroecological farming practices to address this.