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High food prices threat to development – Mwaanga

Economy High food prices threat to development – Mwaanga

Choma town Mayor Professor Mwaanga says the rising prices on food remains a challenge that will likely have an impact on the country’s development.

Mr. Mwaanga says Zambia’s development path is threatened by rising cost of living coupled with high poverty levels, low human development and high unemployment levels, among others.

He said despite the many development programmes and projects initiated and implemented by various stakeholders since independence, the status of many Zambians has not changed significantly.

ZANIS reports that the Mayor said this during the official launch of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) ‘s Urban Basic Needs Basket for Choma district, today.

According to a living conditions monitoring survey report by the central statistical office (CSO) of 2010 indicates that a marginal reduction in national poverty from 62.8 percent in 2006 to 60.5 percent in 2010.

To address this situation, government has initiated various plans such as the poverty reduction and strategy paper (PRSP), the Fifth National Development Plan (FNDP) and the recently revised Sixth National Development Plan (R-SNDP) 2013-2016.

These programmes are designed to improve the well fare of Zambians by enhancing affordability of basic needs.

The Basic Needs Baskets (BNB) is a monthly household survey that looks at what an average family size of five living in Choma requires monthly to lead a dignified life.

2 COMMENTS

  1. is this councillor a Prof or thats his name? i would be amazed if he is and would really like to meet him coz thats what we need in zambia at local authority level – improvement of calibre of our Councillors. most of them really are just there to make up numbers just like our MPs.
    coming back to the topic, yes i agree that food prices must be addressed as this forms the basic foundation of development. politicians have come to change the definition of development to mean progress. development is access to the basic needs of life (shelter, food, water and sanitation, clothing) and the realization of the potential of the citizenry (education, skills). though progress is needed in terms of roads and other infrastructures, this must never replace what development’s priority.

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