Addressing Malnutrition in Zambia

Malnutrition, in particular vitamin A deficiency, is very high in Zambia; reported to be 40-50% in the under 5 yr olds. Although several steps have been taken to addressing this, the figures illustrate very slow progress. 

I introduced a small, simple trial project within our local community; orange maize, a vitamin A rich crop. It has been a success and I have plans to extend it to poor rural communities, where subsistence farming is the way of life.

Attached is an outline of the project and my plan.

Orange Maize Project, Nov ’18

Where the Kalahari meets the Congo Basin

Where the Kalahari meets the Congo Landscape
In early September, Clare and Alastair made their first visit to Mwinilunga, guided by top ecologist Frank Willems. The principal reason for their visit was birding in this unique corner of Zambia which offers a rare combination of habitats, ie miombo woodland, dambo and tropical rainforest – and even Afro-montane vegetation. But the trip also enabled an initial exploration by Alavan of our advising possible community conservation projects in the region, as part of our ongoing drive to boost tourism numbers by increasing awareness globally of Zambia’s fantastic but under-appreciated birding proposition.
Alastair Newton and Frank Willems

Teaching Nutrition at LIBES

On Monday 11th Clare presented a lecture to the Tourism and Hospitality students at LIBES, Livingstone. The foundation of the morning was general nutrition; presenting information application to their own lives, and supplemented with specific diet guidelines to use when working with international guests.

This theory session was followed, on Thursday 14th, with cooking, the practical application.  In this the students used familiar ingredients to prepare a vegan meal. The cooking style and resulting flavours were new to them although it would have been a suitable dish on a menu for international guests. 



Company News – June ’17

Short Courses in Hospitality and Tourism

On Thursday 14th June Clare and Alastair attended the launch of Short Courses in Hospitality and Tourism at LIBES,  With tourism being central to the Livingstone economy it is good to see initiatives like this.

LIBESEDBI Conference – Livingstone

May 15-19th, Clare attended the “Ease of Doing Business Initiative (EDBI) Conference” at the Avani Hotel, Livingstone; She was supporting Victor Njakwa and his Chitenge Shoes business who were exhibiting throughout the conference.

EDBI Livingstone

Better business opportunities in Macron’s France?

On 14/15 May, Alastair was in Paris for a QALIS meeting ( and for a series of discussions with policy experts on prospects for the Macron presidency. He also took time out to support his daughter Carolyn and her fiancé, Carlos, who are about the launch themselves into a series of 12 Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding (SUP) marathons on their home-made (from plastic water bottles) boards to raise awareness of the huge problem of plastic in the ocean. The photo is from the SUP regatta on the Marne in which they were participating.

Carolyn in Paris

Working with Yaleo

Clare has been working with Yalelo, Zambia’s largest Tilapia fish farm. The relaunched website includes creative recipes for Zambians. For information on where to buy tilapia;


Legal Indaba

In April 2017, Alavan provided pro bono advice on attracting advertising revenue for the relaunch of the Zambian legal journal Legal Indaba.


Chitenge Shoes – local manufacture

Victor Njakwe is a skilled leather worker based in Livingstone. Clare has been assisting him as he develops his business. This has included some training in pricing and general finance, helping in the design of his product for the tourist market and identifying sales opportunities.Chitenge sandals


Bajaj Bikes in Zambia

Alavan assisted in the successful raising of a short-term loan for Bajaj Zambia



Company News – June ’16

Birds of Interest

In association with Zambezi Birding, in May 2016 Alavan successfully launched the Livingstone birders WhatsApp network ‘Birds of Interest’. In addition to linking up birders in the Livingstone area, the network also works with Birdwatch Zambia — — to advise birders visiting the region.

Finfoot -June '16sml

Keystone International

In April 2016, Alavan entered into an agreement with Keystone International with the aim of raising capital to finance a major wholesale infrastructure project.

Nutrition Consultation 

BrowsersGrazers consulted the Livingstone branch of an international hotel chain. This work included training chefs and waiting staff about special diets and providing guidance on ways to expand the salad options within the buffet menu.