Zimbabwe committed to eradication of poverty

by Rudo Saungweme

The new dispensation`s efforts to attain a middle income economy by 2030 and to eradicate poverty has been re-affirmed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the 73rd edition of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

In his maiden speech at the UNGA, President Mnangagwa said, “The theme which you have chosen, ‘Making the UN relevant to all people: Global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies’ resonates well with the mantra of Agenda 2030 namely to leave no one behind.”

President Mnangagwa said that at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a promise to end all forms of poverty by ensuring food security, which the county is pursuing through Command Agriculture.

“I am pleased to report that Zimbabwe has made substantial progress in the implementation of some of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular with regards to food security.

“Through our people-centred policies and planned programmes, complemented by private sector financing and investments; farmers receive inputs, equipment and technical support,” said President Mnangagwa.

Command Agriculture has seen the livelihoods of people being improved. The programme which initially focused on maize production has since been extended to cover wheat, soya beans, livestock, fisheries and wildlife.

President Mnangagwa stressed that such multi-prolonged programmes will be able to accelerate Zimbabwe`s re-entry into the global economy and associated value chains.