On April 13 at the 2018 Agritech Expoo in Chisamba, the Government of Zambia and the European Union signed the 87million Euro grant (equivalent to slightly more than 1 billion Kwacha) Financing Agreement of the "Sustainable Commercialisation of Zambia's Smallholder Farmers" Programme.
The signature ceremony was witnessed by President Edgar Lungu who honoured the EU Pavilion with a visit for this special occasion.
This new programme will help farmers to graduate from low prod...uctive agriculture towards more diversified and market-oriented farming, while increasing their income and improving their food and nutrition security.The programme will promote new investments in agriculture by easing the access to finance, services and inputs.The European Union will also continue supporting conservation agriculture and sustainable water management and irrigation systems, as well as Zambia's efforts to curb the high malnutrition prevalence through a contribution to the Scaling-Up Nutrition Fund. As indicated by the Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Alessandro Mariani, "this programme will go well beyond securing subsistence of the rural poor. It will contribute to make agriculture a profitable business for entrepreneurial smallholders".