SUBMISSION TO THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL GUIDANCE AND GENDER MATTERS
“Welfare of Women and Girls Living With Disabilities”
One of the most precise and widely accepted definition of Disability inclusion is understanding the relationship between the way people function and how they participate in society, and making sure everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires.
Download the entire “WELFARE OF WOMEN AND GIRLS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES” - Caritsa Zambia submission to the parliamentary committee on national guidance and gender matters here https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/key_papers/WELFARE-OF-WOMEN-AND-GIRLS-SUBMISSION-to-PARLIAMENT.pdf
Caritas Zambia Submission to Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Lands and Natural Resource
Subsidies and the FISP Program
Following the invitations made to individual organizations to make submissions towards the Review of the Implementation of the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), a Consortium of CSOs however, collectively put up this submission following the commonality of issues raised among them in the recent past regarding FISP. The CSOs have welcomed the approach by the Committee on Agriculture, Lands and Natural Resources in undertaking a detailed study on the review of FISP by engaging many players among them CSOs. We the Consortium of CSOs is preview to the terms of reference that include;
Download the entire Caritas Zambia Submission to Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Lands and Natural Resource - Subsidies and the FISP Program here https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/key_papers/Submission-to-Parliamentary-Committee-on-Agriculture-FISP.pdf
THE SPIRITUALITY OF AGROECOLOGY
When we talk about agroecology we mean a holistic way of growing our food that take into account the demands and dictates of nature. In other words, human beings working together, with the environment to produce food and wealth. This demands that we listen to messages the environment is sending to us as we till the land and use nature’s resources for our food requirements.
Download the entire PRESENTATION AT THE STAKEHOLDERS’ CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON NUTRITION IN ZAMBIA here https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/key_papers/SPIRITUALITY-OF-AGROECOLOGY.pdf
Zambia: Caritas wins a ward for best seed exhibition
The Zambian Seed and Food Festival is a concept that aims to bring back seeds that are in danger of extinction due to the hybrid seeds of multinationals that have taken centre stage. The festival also aims to encourage the preservation of seeds that can still withstand the current adverse weather conditions in order to address food and nutrition insecurity. It is a platform for small-scale farmers to share their ideas on why and how to save the local Zambian seeds that have fed generations.
Among the many stalls at the festival were farmers from Caritas Zambia's food security projects in Kumena and Zambia under the livelihoods programme. They presented a fascinating seed exhibition, which showed the importance of traditional seeds as major contributions to the food system, in terms of nutrition, economic empowerment, social and cultural heritage as well as political power in relation to traditional seeds and foods.
Farmers from all diocesan Caritas presented a diversity of seeds while highlighting the story of increased production, household income, value addition, better marketing, reduced suffering of women and improved food security of their communities. As a result, they won the award for the best presentation of seed diversity at the 4th Zambian Traditional Food and Seed Festival 2021.
On receiving the award, the farmers expressed their joy, but also their concern that the lack of diversity in seed and food production is affecting the diet of many communities, leading to hunger and malnutrition. "Therefore, our exhibition is a strong call to improve diversity in both food production and consumption by promoting local seed diversity.
Farmers from Caritas Zambia, Food Security Projects and Kumena, reiterated the call for seed sovereignty, which includes the rights of farmers to save, reproduce and exchange seeds, to have access to diverse seeds This is the case for traditional open-pollinated seeds that can be saved, replanted and are not genetically modified. "Seed sovereignty recognises the importance of farmersaved seed systems, which are essential for food security at the household level.
Caritas Zambia says that in addition to displacing and destroying diversity, commercialised seed varieties also undermine seed sovereignty and farmers' rights. That's why small-scale farmers should be encouraged to grow their own traditional seeds.
The award received by Caritas Zambia comes with a call and recommendation to invest in research and development and seed system services.
Seeds are undoubtedly the most important agricultural input, as without seeds there is no harvest. They are a fundamental pillar of agricultural and food production
and the need for integrated seed system laws rather than prohibiting the use and sale of traditional varieties and breeds cannot be overstated.
Caritas Africa Info is a Quarterly Newsletter of Caritas in Africa
Download the entire Quarterly Newsletter of Caritas in Africa for October-December 2021 here https://www.caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/quarterly_bulletins/Caritas-Africa-Info-Quarterly-Newsletter-October-December-2021.pdf
“CCMG PVT Verifies the ECZ Official Results for the Presidential Election Reflect the Ballots Cast at Polling Stations”
16 August 2021
Today, the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) is releasing its verification statement on the accuracy of the presidential results. CCMG conducted a parallel vote tabulation (PVT) for the presidential election as part of our comprehensive monitoring of the 2021 general elections. As we stated during the preliminary statement, CCMG completed its PVT by 12 noon on Friday 13 August 2021 with over 99% of our monitors having sent in their observation reports. Had it proved necessary, CCMG would have released its PVT estimates if we had any indication there was manipulation of the official results. We commend the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for fulfilling its constitutional duty with honour and are grateful to them for not having to do so. CCMG now confirms that its PVT verifies that ECZ’s official presidential results reflect the ballots cast at polling stations.
Download the entire CCMG Verification Statement on the Accuracy of the Official 2021 Presidential Results here https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/CCMG-Verification-Statement-16-August 2021.pdf
Caritas Chipata with support from CCO will provide safe water to more than 4000 people in Mwambula, Mazala, Chivunga, Kalindawalo and Chitengeni communities.
Some civil society organizations in Chipata are demanding for justification from ECZ, the Electoral Commission of Zambia on why they have proposed to increase nomination fees.