Post harvest losses of Vitamin A in orange maize reduced with better storing methods

Scientists have found the health benefits of orange maize can be enhanced with almost 25% by using better post harvest storage methods. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than half of Zambian children aged between 6 months and 5 years suffer from Vitamin A deficiency due to poor…

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Yams for Africa – why you should plant this tuber in your garden

Monoculture cropping, by its nature, exposes communities and makes them vulnerable to the dire consequences of crop failure. Drought, floods and disease can cause crop wipe-out and spell bankruptcy and hunger for farmers and their families and reduced food security for the country. As one Zambian agriculturalist puts it: “Monoculture…

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Soweto market fails to meet hygiene standards

Zambia’s largest fresh produce outlet, Soweto market in Lusaka, failed to meet standards of cleanliness and sanitation set out in the Public Health Act. The market with its more than 1 000 fresh food stalls also lacked proper water drainage systems, giving rise to the potential outbreak of water-borne diseases…

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Cooking in cheap pots is a serious health risk

The cheap aluminium cookware seen in African cities and villages from Cape Town to Cairo are a threat to the health and lives of millions of people. The locally-made cookware, ubiquitous throughout Africa and Asia, is manufactured from recycled scrap metal, including auto and computer parts, cans and other industrial…

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