By SANDRA MACHIMA
THE Zambia Youth Conservation and Livelihood Action (ZYCALA) has projected to reach about 150, 000 youths by 2020 in its honey processing project in Serenje, says its project communication assistant Arnold Chasaya.
Mr Chasaya said currently, the project was building a capacity of 420 local youth leaders yearly to become active and effective change agents in youth-led campaigning on social and environmental issues, as well as sustainable income generation and food security actions.
He said the youth target was expected to reach others to meet the number by next year.
Mr Chasaya said the construction of a youth-led honey processing house in Serenje had reached an advanced stage, with 80 percent of works done at a cost of K70,000.
This, he said, was with support from the Scottish Government, WWF-Zambia, YEFI and Gaia Education, under the auspices of his organisation.
He explained that the ZYCALA was a three-year project being implemented in Chitambo, Serenje and Mkushi.
And WWF-Zambia country director, Nachilala Nkombo, urged the youth to help in the fight against poverty and climate change through engaging in sustainable income-generating activities such as bee-keeping.
Ms Nkombo said demand for honey was soaring every day on both the local and international markets.