The farming experiment that became a business

When David Samutela bought his 1 000 ha farm just south of Mkushi town in Zambia’s Central Province in 2006 he had no intention of farming. He had just retired from a corporate career at the Zambia’s national airline and bought the land as an investment. The advertisement in the…

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Diversifying holistically saves Lusaka farmer from poverty trap

Faustina Phiri who farms in the Njolwe area near Lusaka, experienced a paradigm shift when she realised that agriculture meant a lot more than planting maize. Faustina was one of a group of retirees who were given land on the former farm of the Dairy Training Institute in the mid…

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Hunting ban could be costly for Botswana

Professor Joseph Mbaiwa from the University of Botswana, says the ban on safari hunting which was implemented in 2014, was a political decision and cannot be justified from a scientific viewpoint. According to his research report titled “The impact of the ban on safari hunting tourism on local income and…

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How a school teacher became a farming mentor

Mr. Tilo Chimuka, a retired teacher from the Mazabuka district, is not only earning a good living for himself and his family through conservation farming practices, he is also instrumental in helping the Agriculture Department in training other farmers to care for their land. Tilo farms on 10 ha in…

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