The department of International Emergency Service of the Salvation Army Headquarters in London says it is encouraged by the work being undertaken by Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) in addressing food insecurity through its work in Zambia.
This came to light when a five member team paid a courtesy called on the CCZ General Secretary at her office today.
Emergency Field Operations Officer Damaris Frick described the work of CCZ as commendable adding that food insecurity in Zambia has sever effects on poor communities as seen in Shakalayabanyama where Salvation Army distributed relief food to 1200 households in a effort to alleviate hunger.
Ms Frick said her organisation was willing to work with the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) through a concerted effort to identify and assist the needy areas that have been affected by food insecurity in the country.
“We have been encouraged to know that CCZ has in the past been involved with communities affected by hunger and we would like to learn how we can put efforts together in coming up with coordinated efforts to reach out to the affected areas through possible partnerships that we are exploring”, she said.
And CCZ General Secretary Rev Suzanne Matale thanked the team for visiting the council adding that the gesture shows that the work of the council is being appreciated by many.
Rev Matale expressed concern at the increased number of communities affected by food insecurity for a long period of time adding that this development calls for government’s intervention to ensure that food is made available to everyone across the country.
“there is need for government to devise ways of ensuring that the areas which are food secure cushion the needy areas to cater for communities that are affected by food insecurity,” she said.
representatives and CCZ Head of Programmes