Wednesday, 25 January 2017

PROFIT+ Supports Agric Led Growth

Market systems development approach in Zambia supports agriculture led growth for small scale farmers.
Production, finance and improved technology plus (PROFIT+), a $24 million USAID project supports farmers to increase production and reduce poverty.
Under this initiative, opportunities for farmers in agri-businesses are created to increase productivity and access high value markets, which at the same time allowing private sector investment in specific value chain.
Focusing on improved smallholder productivity, greater access to markets, trade and increased private sector investment, PROFIT+ is fostering economic growth, especially for women.
The project leverages private sector participation that sustains value chain competitiveness and creates economic growth.
“The project engages private sector partners to supply value chain solutions and out-grower schemes that emphasizes permanent transfer of knowledge, information and resources to rural areas,” Ivy Manyuka, PROFIT+ Gender Focus person.
Harmonizing profit driven private sector interest and that of small holder farmers was raised as a concern but the two square off using extension service models not to manipulate the small scale farmers.

Research On Food Choices

On day one of the INGENEAS Global Symposium in Lusaka, one of the thematic sessions featured Emily Lloyd, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Fellow.
In 2016, Emily conducted a research in Mbala, Northern Zambia on what is important to rural Zambians in the foods they produce and consume.
The outcome of the qualitative research brought out salient issues pertaining to gender, nutrition based on the food choices that that people make.
The researched participants revealed that they make food choices based on their food values which are themselves influenced by the contexts in which they live. These include cost, gender and age dynamics,
According to Emily, each person’s influencing factors and values were perculiar because they are shaped by cultures, economies, life experiences, preferences and other people.
“For example, in high-income countries, people tend to value convenience and taste while in low- and middle-income countries people often prioritize cost and nutrition. Few food choice motives studies in sub-Saharan Africa have been conducted to date,” she said.


INGENEAS SYMPOSIUM CLOSES IN LUSAKA

The Integrating Gender in nutrition and Agriculture Extensions Services (INGENEAS) Symposium has closed in Lusaka after three days of deliberations.
The symposium which opened in Lusaka on Monday, January 23, 2016 drew participants from various regions of the world including the USA, Europe and many African destinations. Former Agriculture Minister of Zambia chance Kabaghe closed the event with a call for serious investment in extensions services as well as serious integration of gender issues in agriculture, nutrition and extensions services.
According to Kabaghe, issues of gender and extensions services in Zambia are not critical issues, hence the lukewarm service delivery that currently characterises the system.
The symposium was exploring ways in which matters of gender can be infused in agriculture extension services with the view of bridging the parities that obstruct the participation of women in the services identified.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

BACK ON THE BLOG WITH PHOTO STUDENTS

I am delighted to be back on this space, after a long spell that saw me doing several erands, both locally and elsewhere.
I have enjoyed looking at many photographs and interacting with photographers. I am glad to mention that for sometime now, I have been mentoring several students of journalism in Lusaka. These students are taking photojournalism as one of their subjects. Our journey in photography and photojournalism in particular has been a wonderful experience. It has been a challenge in many cases as well since I have had to mentor individuals from the basics of photography and photojournalism to producing photo-stories.
The journey has been challenging because I have been dealing with some of the individuals who have never pressed a shutter button or seen through the viewfinder.
However, the results have been wonderful and encouraging. The students have a great passion for photography and visual storytelling. We say that there is no bad picture on photography and this is what is coming and we are putting a lot of context in our work. We do hope our critics would find lots of meaning in the work being produced by these passionate students.


Mary Nakamba who dropped out of school because she has to fetch water for her ailing grandparents captured in a pensive mood at her home in Lusaka’s Kuku Township on April 27th, 2014. Photo By LEWIS CHANGWE.

I will be sharing some of the photographs on this platform as a way of showcasing the talents for these upcoming shooters. Lewis changwe is one of my students who has shared his photo above.
We are currently in the pre-planning stages for a photo exhibition in Lusaka and we are going to look for any partnerships for us to turn this event into a quarterly activity.
We to encourage more people to take photography and just to allow a lot of people in Zambia tell stories and to express themselves more critically through pictures.
Photography and photojournalism has become an important aspect of self expression. People and journalists in particular are enjoying their expression of expression and press freedom respectively more than ever before and this has been exacerbated by new technologies such as digital gadgets and the internet.
For now, enjoy viewing some of the pictures from our team and if you are in Lusaka, look out for this gang and be sure to see us soon at one of the shopping malls.

Friday, 7 December 2012


Zambian athletes captured during the official opening of the SADC Fifth edition of the Under 20 Zone Six Games at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

Thursday, 6 December 2012


This is Nyoni (Bird), he looks like someone I know. Nyoni is the official mascot for the Zone Six Under 20 games currently underway in Zambia.
The official opening for the games will be Friday, December 7, 2012.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

LUSAKA WOMEN IN PEACEFUL GENDER PROTEST

Women from different walks of life gathered outside the Lusaka High Court to register their displeasure at the rising number of gender violence cases.
The women were particularly protesting
Women dressed in black clothes carried placards along the Independence Avenue and proceededc to present a petition to Gender Minister Inonge Wina for the authorities to address the cases of murder and violence against women.
The women were particularly concerned about gruesome murders of women in Lusaka.
Ardent gender activist Sara Longwe said the women movement was worried about the security of women.

Friday, 15 June 2012

WEB2.0 LEARNING IN LUSAKA


PARTICIPANTS DURING THE WEB2.0 LEARNING PROGRAMME AT THE INSTITUTE FOR IN-SERVICE TRAINING TRUST IN LUSAKA. HERE, THE PARTICIPANTS, WHO WERE DRAWN FROM DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS ARE UPDATING THEIR BLOGS AFTER LEARNING HOW TO DEVELOP AND OPERATE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS SUCH AS TWITTER, FACEBOOK, BLOGGER, WORDPRESS, LIKEDIN AND OTHERS. PLEASE READ ON TO GO THROUGH THE SUMMARY OF COURSE SCHEDULE.



1. SOCIAL MEDIA FOR DEVELOPMENT

1.1. INTRODUCTION TO WEB2.0 AND SOCIAL MEDIA
This is an introduction to web2.0. The segment took participants to understand the basic concepts of Web 2.0, social media, user generated content and social networking. It also identifies four main types of social media uses.

1.2. SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AND COMMUNITIES
This phase took participants into the definitions and understanding of how social networking sites and online communities work. It also gives people an overview of the strategic advantages they can offer to an organization.

1.3. PRIVACY, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ACCESS TO SOCIAL MEDIA
This lesson helped participants with an overview of privacy, security and intellectual property discussions centred around the uses of social media and the challenges they present.

1.4. CURRENT ISSUES AND NEW IDEAS
This lesson described how Web services might develop or change in the future realising the influence of mobile phone usage on the design of new social media applications.
The session also illustrated the concept of Geo-tagging and internationalization and localization issues.




WEB2.0 LEARNING INSTRUCTOR SIMUNZA MUYANGANA PREPARES A LESSON. MUYANGANA IS HIGHLY GIFTED IN THE FIELD OF WEB2.0 AND PARTICIPANTS APPRECIATED HIS EXPERTISE.

2. SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS AND SERVICES


2.1. GROUP PRODUCTIVITY AND COLLABORATION TOOLS
The session discussed some commonly used social media tools and services. It also looks at a variety of situations in which they are applied by way of highlighting how they can support work groups and collaboration.

2.2. HOSTED SERVICES
This lesson defined hosted services and installed tools. It explains the advantages and disadvantages of using them, while providing guidance on how to identify appropriate tools or services for different needs.

2.3. SUBSCRIPTIONS, FEEDS AND SYNDICATION
This lesson describes what content feeds are and provides guidance on how to syndicate your own content so others can easily find and use it. It also explains the use of this knowledge when learning about other tools such as blogs and podcasts.

2.4. TAGGING AND SOCIAL BOOKMARKING
This lesson illustrates the concept and purpose of tagging and social bookmarking and explains how they work within social media services.

2.5. BLOGGING AND MICRO-BLOGGING
This lesson describes blogging and microblogging and illustrates how these tools can be used strategically in a project or organization.

2.6. ONLINE VIDEO AND IMAGE SHARING

This lesson introduces the basic concepts related to producing, uploading and sharing digital video and photography on the web. It also illustrates the most popular services and features to make the most of online visual media.

2.7. PODCASTING AND ONLINE RADIO
This lesson presents the concepts behind podcasting and online radio, describing the basics of recording and uploading high quality audio content on the web.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

DONCHI KUBEBA (DONT TELL)....


A football fans leads other supporters during the drumming up of support for Zambia along Freedom Way in Lusaka.
The football supporters caused heavy traffic along the street. Business came to a stand still because some workers wanted to catch a glimpse of the proceedings. Many people are dressed in Zambian national colours.
Zambia faces Ghana in the semi final stage of the African Cup of Nations.

FOOTBALL FANS


Football fans consolidating support for the Zambia National Soccer team along Freedom Way in Lusaka.

FOOTBALL ENTUSIASTS


Football fans duck on to a mini bus as they drum up support for the Zambia National Football team along Freedom Way in Lusaka. There is a football frenzy in many towns of Zambia and Lusaka in particular. Ghana faces Zambia to night in the quarter final match of the African Cup of Nations.

Warrant Officer Class One...


Football fans ducking on to a vehicle with the poster "Officer Class One". President Michael Sata has promoted Zambia National Football team captain Christopher Katongo to the rank of Warrant Officer Class One. Katongo is a soldier in the Zambia Army.