On 20 June 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, went to Zambia, to sign a new agreement to support smallholder farmers and promote agricultural. Thanks to this partnership, signed with the UN’s Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO), local farmers will benefit from an average increase of 40% in household revenue. This new initiative received 11.1 million euro in EU funding.
During his stay, Andris Piebalgs also visited the following ongoing EU-funded projects: a health centre in Kafue which will benefit from EU support, as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Initiative programme; a commercial farm in Mazabuka; and Conservation Agriculture project in Mazabuka financed by the EU and implemented by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
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||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, at the EU Delegation offices in Lusaka
||Cutaway of journalists
||Round table with Andris Piebalgs and Investors (3 shots)
||Exterior view of the EU Delegation building
||Departure of Andris Piebalgs
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs at the Kafue District Hospital
||Andris Piebalgs visiting the Hospital (5 shots)
||Soundbite by Elwyn Chomba, Permanent Secretary at the Zambian Ministry for Community Development, Mother and Child Health (in ENGLISH): You expect from partners like the EU to say that facilities are put there, it is easy to have a building, but we need to say what more investigations can they do so that only major ones are done here, blood slides to check for blood, to see if a woman has low blood, anaemia. Those things we have a list, I am sure my colleague here will say, which must be put there, otherwise if you have shelves there, we will know, so we will be coming, we will expect those who are supporting us to see that that service is not just a way of keeping people but that it is a quality service and that the communities participate fully.
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): Now our particular focus is in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals is maternal health, and I would like to congratulate this part of Zambia where there have been no maternal deaths during this year and only two last year, that is a good encouragement that MBG for maternal health could be reached and that is also good encouragement for us in other parts of Africa. So we will stay to support it, at the same time we understand it is a small support for their needs, but it is well appreciated and it is always nice that we can do at least something positive that helps the government to deal with the immense challenge.
||Andris Piebalgs giving ball to children (3 shots)
||Arrival of Andris Pieblags in Mazubaka for visiting the Conservation Agriculture project
||Ladies from the project singing for Andris Piebalgs
||Andris Piebalgs visiting the project
||Soundbite by a farmer (in ENGLISH) saying that thanks to this machine bought with the EU money, his family is getting all right.
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that the concept of conservation is being successful because it is the most friendly for the nature. Saying that he is glad that they could have the possibility to extend support for this project with 11 millions euro. Saying that they also would like for the next period 2020 to continue to support smallholder farmers in Zambia (5 shots)
||Andris Piebalgs speaking with the farmers
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs at Radisson Blu Hotel
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) on the new agreement signed in order to support more smallholder farmers - Bad quality of sound (5 shots)