Leah Banda

Intern

Lusaka, Zambia

About Me

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 days 8 hours ago

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 6 days 2 hours ago

 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 1 week 1 day ago

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 1 week 2 days ago

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!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 week 6 days ago

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 weeks 4 hours ago

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 2 weeks 1 day ago

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 By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

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

1 month 6 days ago

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

1 month 6 days ago

Leah Banda The link is www.innovationsagainstpoverty.org

1 month 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

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

LINK

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

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.


Follow the link for more: LINK

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

The Importance of Record Keeping on a Farm

Record keeping is becoming a critical task in production agriculture. Currently, government agencies, financial institutions, insurance companies and research institutions are requiring better and more accurate records. Not only bags per acre, income and expenses, but also weather records are becoming increasingly necessary.

From the business aspect of the operation, record keeping is needed for future analysis of production methods, cropping history, and decision making. Record keeping provides valuable information concerning what worked and what did not and possibly, the reasons why something did not turn out as planned. As we all know, farming is increasingly affected by weather conditions. Keeping daily records of precipitation and high and low temperatures is important.

One set of accurate records should be enough to satisfy all of your needs. If you keep good records of production, expenses, income, and weather, you should have all of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Fish Farming Business

Fish is a very healthy and nutritious protein which is popular around the world. Industrial fish farming, or aquaculture, provides almost half the seafood around the world and this is expected to increase.

Fish is a delicious and nutritious protein source that is also rich in nutrients like omega-3 Fatty acids that improves our heart health and lowers our blood cholesterol level. Farmed fish has been playing an important role in meeting global protein demands.

Rising fish at home could open up many profitable opportunities today. Home raised fish could easily be sold for profit around the neighbourhood or restaurants. There are people who want locally raised fish from organic farms. It could also supply you and your family with delicious fresh seafood. So, why not start your own home based fish farm?

Click the link below on how to start your home based fish farming business.

LINK

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

IAP BDS Consultants trained

Training of the Business Development Service (BDS) consultants is coming to an end today and the consultants are ready to take on the challenge. The consultants have expressed gratitude for the opportunity Innovation Against Poverty (IAP) has given them.

One of the support IAP is giving is advisory support and this support could be obtained from these consultants who have been trained for three days.

For more information and application, please visit the link below

LINK

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Take the Challenge, Make the Change

Apply Now!

The Innovations Against Poverty Fund (IAP) (a non-reimbursable funding) was launched and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation Zambia office is ready to receive applications for business proposals. IAP funding is meant to identify and support most innovative business models which are viable, inclusive, scalable and environmentally friendly. Your business model should contribute to the realization of one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The funding will provide both financial and advisory support. The range of the funding is from Euro 50,000 upto Euro 200,000. The funding will cut across the agriculture and food sector, energy, WASH and the ICT sectors.

Agriculture and Food Sector-includes but not limited to food security and improved nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.

WASH-includes but not limited to availability and sustainable management of water, hygiene and sanitation for all.

Energy-includes but not limit

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Big Increase At Agritech Expo Zambia Shows Global Excitement About Zambian Farming Sector

The upcoming Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba from 27-29 April will feature a record number of six international pavilions from strong farming countries ,the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, France, the Czech Republic and Zimbabwe, each showcasing their own specialized products and services to the agriculture community.

New at Agritech Expo Zambia this year are official country pavilions from the Netherlands, UK, France and the Czech Republic.

The Holland Pavilion at Agritech Expo is hosting 18 Dutch companies, mainly active in the poultry and dairy sectors, accompanied by several Dutch knowledge institutions that are leaders in their field of expertise in agriculture.

Zambia will need to acquire resources such as capital, expertise and equipment in order to realize its full potential. Dutch companies can provide some of the required inputs owing to the strong position of the Netherlands in glo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 1 day ago

Identifying opportunities in the agri-food and nutrition sector

The AgriProFocus network is working on developing business solutions for improving nutrition through learning platforms in 2017. Through these platforms, the network seeks to identify the gaps and opportunities in the agri-food and nutrition sector that can be addressed through agribusiness solutions. In February 2017, AgriProFocus conducted District Nutrition Learning Platforms in Chinsali and Isoka districts of Zambia. AgriProFocus is now organising a National Nutrition Learning Platform as a follow-up to the district platform meetings.

In order to identify the gaps and opportunities in the agri-food and nutrition sector, AgriProFocus will appreciate your contributions to the following questions;

1. Where do you see opportunities in the nutrition agribusiness sector?

2. Do you know of any companies/organisations or individuals who should attend the National Nutrition Learning Platform?

Read the report and presentations a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

What are Agriculture Best Management Practices?

Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) are practical, cost-effective actions that agricultural producers can take to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants entering our water resources. BMPs are designed to benefit water quality and water conservation while maintaining or even enhancing agricultural production.

Typical practices include:

  • Nutrient management to determine nutrient needs and sources and manage nutrient applications (including manure) to minimize impacts to water resources.
  • Irrigation management to address the method and scheduling of irrigation to reduce water and nutrient losses to the environment.
  • Water resource protection using buffers, setbacks and swales to reduce or prevent the transport of sediments and nutrients from production areas to waterbodies.

Implementing BMPs benefits both the farmer and the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Call for Application: FemBioBiz Programme

Are you an ambitious female leading a business in the Biosciences arena? Would you like to speed up your business growth, receive training and mentoring, marketing exposure, funding and a Southern Africa Network for Bio science (SANBio)/BioFISA II sponsored trip to Slush (Europe’s leading start up event in Finland) and the 2017 South Africa Innovation Summit (Cape Town)?

If you answered YES to these questions, we invite you to apply now to participate in the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme. Don’t miss out on the chance to elevate your business to the next level with this unique opportunity to gain enormous exposure, training, ongoing mentorship and funding!

The Programme, FemBioBiz, is an initiative of NEPAD SANBio, (The Southern African Network for Biosciences) with the support of the BioFISA II Programme (the Finnish Southern African Partnership to support NEPAD SANBio) and aims to empower female-owned bio-businesses by developing

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Taking the Dairy Industry Forward

Despite the increased demand for improved dairy crosses, there are currently no commercial cattle breeders in the country, making access to breed stock expensive and beyond the reach of most smallholder farmers. Zambia relies more on imported dairy breeding stock from South Africa than local sources for its dairy development agenda.

The limited genetic potential of local cattle breeds currently being milked is a major factor accounting for low milk productivity and viability of smallholder dairy farming. Productivity within the Zambian traditional dairy sector is at 2 litres per cow per day. Emergent farmers who also keep cross breeds produce between 12 and 15 

litres, while commercial producers who use pure breeds are at between 17 and 24 litres per animal per day. It is therefore important to enable the small scale farmers to have access to improved dairy animal breeds.

Although pure breeds have a higher yield than traditional and cross bree

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