Zambia: Government Blames Food Deficit on HIV
August 8, 2001
The government of Zambia has blamed this year's food shortage on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Cleopatra Mukupa, human resources clerk in the Ministry of Agriculture, said on Monday that agriculture, like other industries, has not been spared the pandemic's effects. She said this was a result of society's negative attitude towards condom use and the traditional practice of polygamy, which has exposed many people to HIV. Mukupa said her ministry has embarked on an intensive training program for agricultural extension workers so that they can educate the people on the dangers of the pandemic.Adapted from:
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