New programme to help digitise Zambian smallholder community

A US$25 million programme called AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) has now also been launched in Zambia to drive digital advancement for small scale farmers. The program was launched by Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian aid agency. It is run in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, which works with non-profit organisations to…

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Engineer turns into a successful farmer

He’s a white collar worker who left the comfort of a corporate job to toil on a farm. And engineering graduate Gyavira Bwalya (49) is one of several farmers to do just this. Farming is Gyavira Bwalya’s first love, and he had no choice but to divide his time between…

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Stress tolerant maize ensures food secure future

Old seed varieties, one of the hurdles for smallholder farmers trying to secure yields, is currently the focus for international agricultural research. Over the past 10 years, two international non-profit research organisations – the International Maize Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) – have gone…

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Zambia bans timber export to curb deforestation

Zambian minister of lands Jean Kapata on Tuesday announced an export ban on all timber species, including the sought-after Mukula tree. The minister said the move was necessitated by the need to curb rapid deforestation arising from illegal timber harvesting. Between 2000 and 2014 Zambia lost an average of 276…

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