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
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.
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.
Clare is a New York trained yoga teacher. This week the Zambian Immigration approved for her to continue this work in Zambia. She will be specialising in Yoga Retreats.
On Thursday 14th June Clare and Alastair attended the launch of Short Courses in Hospitality and Tourism at LIBES, http://www.libescollege.edu.zm. With tourism being central to the Livingstone economy it is good to see initiatives like this.