WHO issues listeriosis alert in 16 African nations

The deadly listeriosis outbreak in South Africa could potentially spread to 16 other African nations, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). “This is a wake-up call for the continent to strengthen national food safety and disease surveillance systems,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Regional Director for Africa. Also read: Listeriosis epidemic in…

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Zambia scales up weather insurance for smallholder farmers

The Zambian government has enrolled 1 million smallholder farmers under its Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) on weather index insurance. Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo said the development is in line with government’s efforts to mitigate the vulnerability of smallholder farmers to climate change. Katambo said so far payouts amounting to…

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€5 million to aid Zambia’s battle against poaching

The European Union (EU) has given Zambia €5 million to help it curb wildlife poaching. EU Programme Manager Friedrich Mahler said Zambia is rapidly losing iconic species due to the crime perpetrated by locals with the backing of international criminal syndicates. “Protecting fauna remains a huge challenge despite the many…

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Zambian dairy farmers decry milk wastage

More than 250 million litres of milk go to waste annually despite the deficit the nation faces, says the Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ). “The wastage comes about because producers cannot get to the milk to market due poor road networks and the high cost of transportation,” DAZ said in…

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