One of the major elements of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) in Zambia has been agricultural liberalisation, the removal of Government from an active role in production and marketing of food. But the consequences of the rapid and rigid implementation of this policy have been disastrous for the agricultural sector and painful for the majority of farmers in Zambia, the peasant farmers. The Bishops’ Statement comes in the midst of the agricultural crisis and emphasises that production of food is not an ordinary economic activity but it has a pecial character as relating to the sustenance of life for the people. Hence it cannot be treated simply as another marketable item subject to the abstract laws of liberalisation. A strong section on theological perspectives, relying on scripture, is followed by specific policy recommendations that emphasise as the first priority of a good economy the provision of adequate food for the people.
Bishop T-G MpunduChairman - Zambia Episcopal Conference10th August 1994