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LACK of food remains an acute problem in Zimbabwe and there is need to push for more pro-poor projects, the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) board chairperson has said.

Addressing delegates at the NANGO provincial launch of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) action plan in Gweru, Paul Juru said there was need for government to promote economic rights for the vulnerable communities.

Juru said the extraction of natural resources and subsequent marketing should be improved and that transparency and accountability should be observed at all stages.

He said the country is endowed with a variety of mineral resources yet they are not contributing to economic development to achieve poverty eradication.

“Poverty and hunger remain an unfinished agenda in Zimbabwe and should form part of the priorities for inclusion in the post 2015 development agenda,” Juru said.

“In that regard there is need to mobilise resources from a variety of sources and support the vulnerable communities to implement pro-poor projects, economic rights and ensure there is access to factors of production such as land and capital.”

Juru said government should support small scale food producers and develop targets that reduce the high income inequalities that exist between the poor and rich.

He pointed out that health-related MDGs, especially maternal and child mortality were not met and should be prioritised in the post 2015 development agenda.

Source : New Zimbabwe