49th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Zambia

49th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Zambia

 

An overwhelming feast was organized by High Commission of the Republic of Zambia on October 24, 2013 to celebrate their 49th Anniversary of Independence and was hosted by H.E. Brig. Gen. Patrick Romedyo Tembo, (Rtd), High Commissioner of Zambia and his spouse. The wonderful celebration was held at Hotel Vasant Continental, New Delhi. The Celebration commenced by giving regards to the National Anthem of both the countries. Ambassadors of African countries, leading corporate, and diplomats were the esteemed guests of the evening. The evening was followed by dinner and drinks.

AfDB approves US$ 18 million for Livestock Infrastructure in Zambia

 

Logo of the African Development Bank (AfDB), p...

Logo of the African Development Bank (AfDB), part of the African Development Bank Group (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AfDB approves US$ 18 million for Livestock Infrastructure in Zambia a US$ 18 million (UA 12 million) African Development fund (ADF) concessional loan to Zambia to finance the Country’s Livestock Infrastructure Development Support Project (LISP).

The project aims to improve smallholder livestock production and productivity, create market linkages and increase household income in nine districts in the Northern and Muchinga Provinces of Zambia.

The specific project objectives are to:
• increase land area available for all season agriculture by the development of water resources,
• promote crop diversification and value chain development for improved food and nutrition security, wealth creation and rural employment especially for women,
• expand drought resistant cropping which will serve as a safeguard against the effect of climate change and also serve as viable raw materials for industrial use and import substitution, and
• enhance the capacity of both the public and private sectors in order to improve service delivery functions to smallholder farmers.

Activities to be implemented under the project include the building of 177 livestock service centres, three milk collection centres, two livestock markets, eight livestock slaughter facilities, 80 km of feeder roads, two Regional and seven district veterinary laboratories; two veterinary quarantine stations, and five veterinary check points.

The project is expected to directly benefit 100,000 livestock keeping households including 33,600 households headed by women.

It will train and empower individual members of the farmer groups as well as increase employment opportunities in livestock husbandry and marketing, and livestock products value chain.

Public service capacity for the delivery of livestock services, especially disease prevention and control, will be enhanced. The Project will also facilitate participation of the private sector through leasing out some of the structures within the Livestock Service Centres which will be used as outlet for veterinary drugs and livestock feeds supplements. 

About 800,000 people, including 400,000 women, will indirectly benefit from the improved supply of quality livestock products.

The project is in line with the AfDB’s commitment to support the Zambian Government in its efforts to achieve economic diversification, inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.

The Government has launched a nationwide programme to scale-up the development of the livestock sub-sector and enhance its contribution to the national economy in line with its economic diversification strategy.

The project will also support the Government’s efforts towards the attainment of Vision 2030 which aims to transform Zambia into a prosperous middle income country, through the achievement of goals and targets of the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP), which is consistent with the Bank’s 2011-2015 Country Strategy.

 

 

Put Foot Rally ready to take off in South Africa

“The greatest social rally on the face of the Earth” kicks off from the shadow of the great mountain in Cape Town!

The Put Foot Rally is becoming increasingly popular. Founded by three aspiring young South Africans – Daryn Hillhouse, Mike Sharman, and Dan Nash – the Put Foot Foundation is Southern Africa’s newest “adventure charity.” Their goal is to raise funds for a minimum of 600 pairs of shoes and to provide donors and Put Foot Rally participants with the opportunity to see and feel first-hand the life-changing experience that gifting a brand new pair of school shoes to a young underprivileged child can deliver!

Crews sign up to travel 8,000 kms in 18 days in any type of vehicle over any route. This year there will be 60 crews competing. The rally starts in Cape Town and travels through Namibia to Zambia and then on to Malawi and Mozambique. All along the way, people donate shoes to deserving children. In Livingstone, they will be giving shoes to children from Zambezi Sawmills Primary School.

From June 18-19 the rally will start in Cape Town, followed by Namibia from June 21-24, then Zambia from June 26-28, ending up with Malawi from June 30-July 4, and the finish line crossing on July 5.

Zambezi Sawmills has over 500 children all of whom will be given new shoes. Participants in the rally will descend on Livingstone and hold up all the traffic with their antics. It is expected that there will be over 250 participants. Members of the Put Foot Rally will all be staying at the Waterfront.