Food company celebrates International Women’s Day with Beit Cure
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Sick children at the Beit Cure Hospital in Lusaka received a gift of nutritious food from female staff at Zambeef yesterday (March 8) to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The food company donated items including long-life milk, drinking yoghurt, chickens and eggs to the hospital’s children’s ward in recognition of the Women’s Day theme of ‘promoting inclusiveness in economic participation as a means of sustainable development’.
“As Zambeef, we place great value on people, and strive to operate as a useful and effective part of our local communities by supporting various community initiatives, especially in health and education. In doing, so we hope to deliver sustainable long-term results and real benefits to the communities in question,” said Zambeef secretary Ivy Mundu, who organised the donation.
Zambeef takes a ‘triple bottom line’ approach to its sustainability and is committed to ensuring a positive social, environment and economic impact. The food company runs and supports several health initiatives, for example the clinic at its Mpongwe Farm, provides quality health to both staff and surrounding community.
“As Zambia’s leading cold-chain food retailing company, we have had the privilege of working with female suppliers across the country and have witnessed first-hand the capacity and capability of women to contribute to the agriculture sector and the country as a whole. This applies to every other sphere where women are making an impression,” said Ms Mundu, who also said that true sustainable development could only be achieved when every part of society is included and women and children are an integral part in achieving this development.
“Children, they are the most vulnerable in our communities and we have a duty and responsibility to safeguard their welfare. As women, your disposition as nurtures and caregivers allows us the privilege of being at the forefront of carrying out that duty,” she added.
Female staff at Zambeef celebrate International Women’s Day with a presentation of food to the children’s ward at Beit Cure Hospital.
About Zambeef Products Plc
Zambeef Products Plc is the largest integrated agribusiness and food processing company in Zambia and one of the largest in the region.
The group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, stockfeed and flour. The group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), planting 16,500 hectares in summer and 8,000 hectares in winter. The group is also expanding its West Africa operations in Nigeria and Ghana.
The company slaughters around 70,000 beef cattle, 6.75million chickens and 70,000 pigs per annum, while also processing 16 million litres of milk, producing 150,000 tons of stockfeed, 60 million eggs, 78,000 pairs of shoes and processes 97,500 hides in its tannery per year.
It has 176 retail outlets throughout Zambia and West Africa.
Zambeef employs over 6,000 people with a total of K307 million paid in remuneration and benefits in the last year, and contributed K144m to Government in taxes and duties.
More information is available at www.zambeefplc.com