UNDP and FAO promises to assist Zimbabwe to regain breadbasket status


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HARARE, July 18 (Xinhua): The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Tuesday said it is prepared to work with Zimbabwe in ensuring the country regains its breadbasket status.

Visiting FAO Director General Jose' Graziano da Silva said this when paying a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara. They discussed issues to do with food security in Zimbabwe and the region as well as financing of the agricultural sector by financial institutions.

Dr da Silva said Zimbabwe has the potential to become the breadbasket of the Southern African region, adding that the country can also emerge as one of the biggest exporter if government takes value addition seriously. "We have discussed at length issues that will improve Zimbabwe's agricultural sector," he said.

Mutambara said Zimbabwe has a lot to learn from FAO and Brazil on issues to do with food security, adding that stakeholders in the agricultural sector should take a holistic approach in addressing challenges that have bedeviled the sector