Zambia’s vice-president has called for a radical change in the eating habits of the nation, saying people should ditch the staple, maize meal, for more nutritious foods – a proposal akin to telling Italians to stop eating pasta.
Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina’s appeal for a change in diet comes at a time when parts of her country and some neighbouring states have been hit by poor rainfall and food shortages – a recurring problem caused, in part, by climate change.
Ms Wina’s proposal has won the support of the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU).
“With the advent of climate change, we have to start looking at various options of food. We have been too dependent on maize yet we grow crops such as sorghum, rice and millet,” ZNFU spokesman Kakoma Kaleyi told the BBC.
“We rarely eat other foods. I think that our culinary tastes should change. This is the right call by the vice-president,” he added.
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