PARTICIPATORY Ecology Land Use Management (PELUM) has called on governments in developing countries to critically look into the plight of small scale farmers. Speaking at the just ended symposium for small scale farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa, PELUM Association chairperson Charles Nyakora Onyango said governments should aim to implement policies that will help farmers develop. He said small scale farmers have the potential to bring about development in rural areas.
AGRICULTURE and Livestock minister Given Lubinda says changing climate is a threat to the agriculture sector and general household livelihood. Mr. Lubinda said this in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock permanent secretary David Shamulenge during the official opening of a three day Climate Smart Agriculture Regional Policy Dialogue at Intercontinental Hotel to discuss adaptation and mitigation strategy to a changing climate.
FRENCH Minister of Environment S`egole`ne Royal says the alternative source of energy (charcoal) that most Zambians have turned to due to increased load shedding is causing deforestation in the country. The French Minister said over reliance on charcoal as an alternative energy source may lead to deforestation which would in turn ultimately lead to climate change.
A Lecturer at University of Zambia (UNZA) has called for the introduction of new farming methods if the country is to diversify its economy to agriculture. Dr. Orleans Mfune, who is a lecturer in the department of Geography, noted that the agriculture sector is very important to the development process of any country.
The high levels of deforestation in the country have become a matter of concern to Environmentalists. Environment Africa Assistant Field Officer InongeLubasi said in an interview with the Lusaka Starthat the main cause of deforestation in Zambia is poverty. Ms. Lubasi explained that people depend on the environment to sustain themselves by doing activities such as charcoal production and unsustainable agricultural methods like Chitemenesystem.
University of Zambia United Nations Youth Association (UNZA YUNA) has launched a tree planting campaign at the Great East Road Main Campus. The campaign is aimed at achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number seven which aims to ensure environmental sustainability by 2015. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, UNZA YUNA President Shikaaba Pastop said the tree planting campaign was vital as trees were an important aspect in the eco-system.
The people of Chongwe are facing erratic water supply because Chongwe river has dried up due to suspect damming by farmers. According to Lusaka Water and Sewerage Public Relations Officer Topsy Sikainda, the people of Chongwe have had little or no water for the past three days because their only source of water, Chongwe river, has dried up. Sikainda explained that the suction pump could only work if water levels in the river were at least one meter deep but currently the deepest water level on the river was 20 centimeters .
IMAGINE the year is 2060 and you have finally managed to get enough money to visit the 7th wonder of the world; the Victoria falls. As the guide leads you to your destination, you have high expectations. Before you realise it, you ground to a halt and hear the guide saying 'this is it'. You discover you are standing at a deep narrow steep-sided valley; a ravine. It is a lifeless place. No water cascading over masses of rocks. No lush greenery on the banks. Coarse dried up grass and grey-brown rocks are all that meet the eye.