• The Shakapopela Association: Women using biofuels for locally generated power in Zambia

    One of the outreach projects implemented by DAPP Child Aid in the Chibombo District in Zambia is the GVEP International - Gaia Movement

  • Mining firms reject Zambia`s new tax regime

    Mining firms reject Zambia's new tax regime

    The Zambian government's attempt to increase earnings from its rich copper deposits by raising mineral taxes to global standards is facing stiff resistance from foreign mine owners operating in the

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    >> Disney Studio has pledged to remove smoking from its family-oriented films. The media giant's chief executive Robert A Iger said depictions of smoking will be "discouraged' in films aimed at


    Forty officers in Zambia have been given training to ensure that the country's environmental laws are respected and obeyed. The training focussed on topics such as environmental law, investigation

  • Left high and dry

    Left high and dry

    The pastures are turning brown for the five rare white rhinos which Zambia imported in 1994. The country is in the grip of a severe drought that has already claimed the lives of 48 other wild animals


    More and more people belonging to the labour force are becoming victims of aids in Zambia and other young African nations. This was disclosed recently by the Zambian minister David Saviye


    Zambia's structural adiustment programme has changed the face of its labour force. While over 72,000 adults have been rendered jobless over the last 4 years since the reforms began, children

  • Game for privatisation?

    Game for privatisation?

    Will African wild land be colonised again? Moves by Dutch tycoon Paul van Vlissingen to buy some national parks of Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique have split the continent's polity down

  • A mining company is an elusive animal

    <font class='UCASE'>Roger Moody</font> is the director of Nostromo Research, which <br> investigates mining practices around the world. A leading critic of <br> the mining industry, his report Ravages through India exposes <br><br> Vedanta s pract

  • Chickpea, sorghum: India sends seeds to Noah's Food Ark' deep in the Arctic

    Halfway between the northern coast of Norway and the North Pole in an archipelago called Svalbard, three enormous caverns have been blasted 130 m into the permafrost. Called the doomsday vault, it will be a Noah's Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe. Among the world's 45,000 most important seeds stored in this Svalbard Global Seed Vault, there will be quite a bit of India too. Seeds of sorghum, pearl millet, chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut and six small millets will be transferred by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) from its headquarters in Patencheru, near Hyderabad to this location, 1000 km from the Arctic. William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, is at Svalbard for the opening celebrations tomorrow. He will join European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist Wangari Mathai in this global initiative. Norway is footing the $8.9-million bill for building the Arctic archipelago where, ironically, no crops grow. Secured behind an airlock door, the three airtight chambers can house duplicates of samples from the world's more than 1,400 existing seed banks. The Norwegian archipelago was selected for its inhospitable climate as well as its remote location. The seeds of wheat, maize, oats and other crops will be stored at a constant temperature of minus 18 degrees Celsius, and even if the freezer system fails, the permafrost will ensure that temperatures never rise above 3.5 degrees Celsius below freezing. This project is important as some of the world's biodiversity has already disappeared, with gene vaults in both Iraq and Afghanistan destroyed by war and a seed bank in the Philippines annihilated by a typhoon. Seed banks have begun contributing: potato seeds from Peru; 30,000 samples of different beans from Colombia; 47,000 seed samples of wheat and 10,000 types of maize from Mexico and thousands of rice varieties from Philippines. Pakistan and Kenya, both wracked by serious unrest, have sent seed collections too. By the time of the inauguration on Tuesday, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will hold some 250,000 samples, which will remain the property of their countries of origin. According to Dar, ICRISAT's participation adds a special significance to the project

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