Leah Banda

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Lusaka, Zambia

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I am passionate about the welfare of children in all aspects of their lives

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Posted 23 June 2017 at 07:58

Benefits of Adopting Bio Digester Technologies on Farm

AgriProFocus Zambia together with Energy for Agriculture project under SNV Zambia works with smallholder emergent dairy farmers, entrepreneurs, trade schools and artisans to promote and construct bio gas digesters that provide on farm energy for productive use. Some of the benefits of adopting bio digesters on farms include;

1. Economic Benefits

-Saving expenditures on fuel use.

-Reduction in health expenditures and decreased frequency to hospitals due to decrease in smoke-borne diseases.

-Income generation through selling of carbon credits.

-Enhanced soil productivity because of the use of bio slurry (added N, P, K values).

-Reduced quantity of chemical fertilizers due to use of bio slurry.

2. Health Benefits

-Improved household sanitation due to improved management of animal dung

-Reduction in smoke-borne diseases headaches, dizziness, respiratory tract infection , etc

-Improved household nutrition

3. Environmental Benefits

-Preservation of f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 June 2017 at 12:44

Why Cow Milk is so Good for Humans!

Good nutrition is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Milk is one of the most important, complete foods available, as it is an excellent source of vital vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals needed for building and maintaining strong and healthy bodies. Although milk is important for the growth of young children, milk and milk products should form part of the entire family's daily diet. The nutrients found in cow milk are well absorbed by the body and are vital for strong bones and good health.

Extract from Dairy Association of Zambia Newsletter: April-May 2017

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Posted 14 June 2017 at 12:28

ZANACO Bank Upholds the Agriculture Sector

Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) has increased its financial support to the agriculture sector from K 600 million last year to K 1 billion this year to enable the industry to significantly contribute to economic growth.

The agriculture sector is a top priority in the country’s economic diversification agenda, as such, the financial institutions have to ensure that they attach great importance to the industry. This is because providing sufficient and affordable financing will significantly contribute to increasing productivity, income generation, poverty reduction and job creation, thereby supporting  the sector’s gross domestic product.

In response to calls for increased financial support to the agriculture sector, ZANACO has set aside about K 1 billion to support the agriculture sector in Zambia.

Follow the link below for more details.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 8 June 2017 at 11:05

Zambia's Seed Laws Aligned to COMESA Seed Policies

ZAMBIA has aligned its national seed laws to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) seed policies that will enable smallholder farmers’ access to a variety of quality inputs to improve their harvests.

Other countries that also aligned their national regulatory seed laws include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

The aim of harmonising country seed laws and regulations under the COMSESA is to bring about consistent domestication, application, monitoring and improvement in seed certification, quarantine and phytosanitary measures and in the evaluation and release of seed varieties among COMESA member countries.

Historically, the regulatory environment surrounding seed production and certification has made it costly to do business in the agriculture sector, discouraging private sector companies from investing in innovation and expanding production.

Follow the link for details:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 June 2017 at 10:40

Zambia's maize to start trading on South African bourse

The Zambia Agriculture Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE)  in collaboration with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) will give exposure to Zambian grains on the world market in addition to the region markets . ZAMACE has since started registering brokers to trade with their counterparts on the South African bourse and the first trade would take place in the next few months 

Follow the link to read more:

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Energy for Agriculture Learning Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  22 June 2017, All Day Event
  Chibombo District, Central Province

The energy for Agriculture Learning Day event is for organizations/institutions who have an interest in biogas technology or would like to learn about the biogas technology that SNV Netherlands Development Organization is promoting for the benefit of the farmers they work with. 



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Posted 6 June 2017 at 08:01

Highlights of the 2017 World Milk Day Commemoration

This year’s World Milk Day commemoration was held in Choma district in the southern region of Zambia under the theme "Raising a Glass to Nourish a Child".

The event was attended by Government Representatives who included the Southern region Deputy Permanent Secretary, the Mayor, the Provincial Livestock and Fisheries Coordinator and District Coordinators, banks represent included Finance Bank, Zanaco bank, and Indo Zambia bank, Building Society, SACCO. Processors present included Parmalat, the input livestock sector input suppliers included VET 24, Bimeda, Green Solutions and Grandees were exhibited their products. Others in attendance were the Dairy Association of Zambia, Czech Republic office, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission, Cooperatives, individual dairy farmers and pupils. 

The world milk day commemoration was organized by AgriProFocus Zambia, SNV Netherlands Development Organization and Choma Dairy Cooperative Uni

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 30 May 2017 at 12:04

Livestock Services: Commodity Price list

All prices inclusive of VAT.


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Posted 26 May 2017 at 11:35

World Milk Day Celebrations – 1st June

Zambia joins the rest of the world in celebrating the  World Milk Day which falls on 1st June. World milk day celebration was initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in 2001 in order to encourage common social public about the milk and dairy products consumption as their daily diet.

World Milk Day is celebrated by the people all across the world on annual basis. It is celebrated to increase the common public awareness about all aspects of the natural milk such as its natural origin, milk nutritional value and various milk products including its economic importance throughout the globe. World Milk Day celebration has impacted large population to understand the reality of milk. Milk is great source of all the healthy nutrients required by the body (calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, iron, potassium, folates, vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, protein, healthy fat and etc. It provides instant energy t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 May 2017 at 07:05

Lab-in-a-box

Imagine having direct access to services that only laboratories could provide? Even better, testing up to 22,500 soil samples a year without prior lab experience?

Worldwide population is increasing and food production has to double to keep up with the growing demand. As much as 60% of crop yields depend on soil fertility. If farmers had easy, affordable and reliable access to information about their soil fertility status, they will increase their yields and participate in bridging the world food gap.

SoilCares provide the world’s farming community with data-based precision farming tools in order to extensively increase crop yields. One of the tools provided by SoilCares is a soil scanner. The scanner is an incredible, affordable and quick alternative for wet chemistry laboratories. To predict the soil status, the scanner compares its result to a unique world soil database that is developed and permanently updated by SoilCares research team in the Netherlands. The database

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 18 May 2017 at 01:12

 Good News!

 Livestock Services Co-operative Society has significantly dropped its Soya Meal prices to wildly competitive prices.

Prices are as follows:
Soya Meal ME K208.65, Soya Meal SE K185.34, Soya Meal FF K219.35.
Did you know that Livestock Offers free consultation services?
TECHNICAL SERVICES Veterinary Irrigation Nutrition Agro Chemicals Fish Farming Fencing Artificial Insemination Animal Production Free training in Agro and Livestock production and care.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 16 May 2017 at 08:13

Promoting Sustainable Energy Sources

Are you a livestock farmer who is wondering what to do with the animal waste? Do you know that you can produce electricity and bio-slurry out of that waste? Have you heard about the Zamdigester Model?

Energy for Agriculture (E4A) project  implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has introduced a fixed-dome biodigester named Zamdigester. It is entirely made with locally available materials and local labour. When the Zamdigester is fed with the animal waste/any organic waste, it produces electricity for household use and bio slurry which is good organic fertilizer for your garden. The following are the benefits of using a Zamdigester;

1. Up to 40% increase in agriculture production due to use of high quality organic fertilizer- bio slurry.

2. Can use the electricity produced for milk chilling and radiant heating, cooking, etc.

3. Saving of traditional cooking fuel such as firewood up to 4,000 to 6,000 KG/year and &

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 May 2017 at 06:51

Business Development Services Africa is Hiring!

 An opportunity exists for BDSA Zambia Ltd. to work as a Senior Consultant placed with MRI-Syngenta, an agricultural input company, based out of Lusaka Zambia. The successful candidate will be leading the business development activities for MRI-Syngenta in Zambia, in an effort to create shared value between MRI and smallholder farmers across Zambia

See document attached for the full information!


michelo simweete is this position closed?


1 week 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 May 2017 at 11:07

FeedCalculator App!

In case you missed it, the Dutch trade mission brought a FeedCalculator app to the 2017 Agritech Expo at the Holland Pavilion.

The feedcalculator is an innovative smartphone app for livestock farmers in developing countries to make their own profitable feed mixes. It allows small-scale livestock farmers to optimize their own feed mixes. As you might be aware, many farmers do not have access to high quality and affordable feed for their livestock. Also tons of feed are wasted because farmers have neither the capacity nor the access to the knowledge and tools that are available in developed countries. The Feed Calculator is about to change this, and their lives.

With the FeedCalculator, millions of farmers have the potential to increase both their livestock productivity, and their income. The feed calculator is easy to use, gives a mixture of high quality feed standard and always gives the lowest price of feed ingredients. However, the feed calculator currently s

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Peter Meijer Click here to download the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.singlespark.feedcalc



4 weeks 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 11 May 2017 at 08:33

Grants for Grabs!

Prior to the Holland Pavilion at the Agritech expo, AgriProFocus Zambia organized a “Doing Business in Zambia” Seminar. The seminar was meant to highlight the status of the Poultry and Dairy sector in Zambia and the nature of the business environment with regards to the agriculture sector.

All the key stakeholder that were present including Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia Development Agency, Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority,  PACRA, Poultry Association of Zambia and Dairy Association of Zambia identified the potential investment opportunities in the poultry and dairy sub-sectors to be:

1. Feed additives and premixes

2. Vaccines and medicines for poultry and dairy

3. Improved poultry and dairy genetics

4. Diagnostic facilities

5. Commercial extension services as the government is slowly moving away from providing free extension services t

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Nathan Mwanaumo Hi Leah, the link doesn't open

1 month 5 days ago

Chali Nyirenda

As part of the mission, the Doing Business in Zambia Meeting was held on 26th April, 2017 at the Southern Sun Hotel. This meeting was held to give insight to the Dutch and Zambian Businesses on the business landscape and the opportunities that are in Zambia. This occasion was graced by the Director of Zambia Development Agency and we had presentations from Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA), Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority, Poultry Association of Zambia and the Dairy Association of Zambia. Each of these institutions gave an insight on the rules and regulations in respect to their mandate in the event that the business would be interested in participating in doing business in the Zambian business environment. Below are the presentations that were shared during the meeting    

Poultry Association of Zambia presentation 

Dairy Association of Zambia presentation 

Ministry of Livestock presentation  

Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA)/images.agri-profocus.nl/upload/Doing_Business_in_Zambia_Mission__PACCRA1498637286.pdf

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 May 2017 at 11:09

Poultry: How to get started – meat or eggs?

Poultry farming can be profitable, but the prospective poultry farmer has to plan carefully beforehand.

Anyone who wants to produce poultry has first to find a market – even before acquiring land. A poultry farmer can produce for the meat market or the egg market. And don’t forget about by-products; farmers can recycle manure for composting, for instance.

Whichever market you choose, you have to know it is the right one. And to find it, you must know what you can produce and if there is a demand for it. Market research can supply this information.

Please read more here LINK

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 9 May 2017 at 07:48

Dutch Trade Mission: Bring Technology Closer to the Farmer

Given the potential of the agriculture sector, with particular attention to the small scale farmers on whom the sector's and the continent's economic transformation is premised, investments that empower farmers can help reduce poverty five times more than any other economic sector.

As AgriProFocus, we are committed to bring technology and information closer to the farmer. To this regard, AgriProFocus collaborated with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Netherlands Export Combination and hosted 18 Dutch companies and knowledge institutions active in dairy and poultry at the 4th Agritech Expo in Zambia. The Dutch agricultural companies exhibited their products and were also present to provide information. It was an interesting 3 days program of learning about new technologies and linking.

The Holland Pavilion saw a thousand of farmers dedicated to acquiring expert knowledge in the sector. The government of the republic of Z

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Posted 11 April 2017 at 12:40

Call for applications

AgriProFocus is pleased to inform you that SNV Zambia and the IAP2 Project Team formally launched the IAP2 Challenge Fund in Zambia on the 28th of March 2017.

Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) is a specialized fund with the specific mandate to identify and support innovative inclusive business models that deliver developmental benefits for the low income population while being commercially sustainable. IAP is funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) and managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organization in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden.

Target sectors include WASH, Energy, Agriculture/Food and ICT. IAP will provide funding within the following range euro50, 000 up to euro 200,000. The funding will be grants and not loans, with pre conditions that have to be met.

The project is now calling for the private sector to submit applications for review and consideration. The process shall be a twostep process b

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Kaitano Mpulamasaka i don't seem to find the link to the application form. somebody help me. thanks

2 months 1 week ago

Betty Mbewe Boonen Same with me Leah can you help please.

2 months 1 week ago

Leah Banda The link is www.innovationsagainstpoverty.org

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 11 April 2017 at 07:14

Four Good Reasons To Start Raising Quail

Raising quail is not only easy, but because they are less than half the size of chickens, they take less space, time or resources yet nutritious. However, quail are not as common as chickens in Zambia. Therefore, you may have to do a bit of work to find them. So, if you’ve never really considered raising quail, then this post could definitely be the one for you.

Click the link below  for the four good reasons to start raising quail

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Posted 10 April 2017 at 12:04

What is Sustainability in Agriculture?

To sustain something means to maintain for an undetermined length of time. In reference to agriculture, it takes on the additional loaded meaning of conservation, preservation and safety. Consumers want to feel good about the food they eat, and the idea of sustainable farming gives them security and less guilt when they purchase food in the store. It gives them a comfortable position from which they live and feed their family. Sustainability is personal, emotional and eternal in its perception power.


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