ZAMBIAN artiste and Global Citizen ambassador Clementine Mulenga alias Cleo Ice Queen says it is depressing to see hungry children.
And agriculture minister Michael Katambo says hunger and malnutrition are harsh realities that Zambia is experiencing.
Speaking during the commemoration of tje World Food Day whose theme was “Our actions are our future” organised by the Global Citizen in conjunction with Zambia Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (CSO- SUN Alliance), Mulenga said the stunted growth of children in the country was due to lack of food.
She said it breaks her heart to see the growing malnutrition among children and urged citizens to sign up as global citizens to help in reducing poverty in the world.
Global Citizen is a community of people who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges.
With a theme “Extreme poverty ends with you”, this year they host a Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Being a Global Citizen ambassador here in Zambia means a lot to me, especially that I am finding myself in a position where I can actively play a role towards bringing an end to poverty in our country, in Africa and the world over. This is something that brings people from all over to stand for one cause; to call on leaders and urge them to pledge so much more toward helping us in ending extreme poverty by 2030. Become a Global Citizen and help us change the future of these young people, children who are actually suffering. It is very depressing to actually see that hungry children are not getting the food they need. You know there is stunted growth, children are malnourished and that breaks my heart,” said Mulenga.
Zambia Civic Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (CSO- SUN Alliance) country coordinator Mathews Mhuru said something must be done to reduce poverty levels in the country.
And Katambo said hunger and malnutrition were harsh realities Zambia was experiencing.
He said there was urgent need for all citizens to act against hunger and malnutrition in the country.
“Currently, 40 per cent of children under the age of five are stunted. Further six per cent and 15 per cent of children are wasting and underweight, respectively. Poor nutrition is a challenge that casts an overwhelming shadow. Its consequences flow throughout the life circle and cascades down the generations, affecting everyone,” said Katambo.
“Our dream is to eliminate hunger by 2030. As stated, this year’s theme is in line with the country’s vision 2030 of attaining middle income status by 2030. Hunger and malnutrition pose a major threat to the attainment of the vision 2030.”