In an effort to improve field and laboratory detection skills of vector-borne and transboundary livestock diseases for veterinarians, the School of Veterinary Medicine (SoVM) of the University of Zambia (UNZA) partnered with the Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) to develop and conduct a short course in thematic area of animal health diagnostics.
I would like to sincerely thank the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) for selecting me as the Student Ambassador for Zambia.
My name is Chabota Simweemba, aged twenty three years. I was born in a family of seven. We used to stay in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia where my father used to work as an electrician in one of the mines. Unfortunately, we lost him in 2002 so we had to shift to live in a village in Southern Province because my mother was not working. This change of locality had its own challenges but it marks a very serious landmark in my life.
If there is a name that is synonymous with the advancement of women entrepreneurs, agribusiness training for rural farmers and passion about promoting the importance of Africans striving for African solutions, it is Sylvia Banda – a legend in Zambia. Mrs. Sylvia Banda is President of the 48 member country Pan-Africa Women Entrepreneurship Programme which is aimed at empowering African women and is herself a multitalented entrepreneur.
The NEPAD-SANBio Secretariat and the BioFISA II team visited the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC) Node in Zambia on October 19th 2015. The Node is the regional hub of all plant genetic material for the region and was established in 1989 through the support provided by a number of Nordic countries. To date the SPGRC has coordinated all regional plant resources material and developed a seed gene bank for the region. They work with a network of National Plant Genetic Resources Centres and receive support from SADC member states/countries.
The NEPAD-SANBio Secretariat and the BioFISA II team visited the Livestock node -- the second NEPAD-SANBio Network node in Zambia on October 20th 2015. The node is co-hosted by the National Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research and the University of Zambia and is supported by the government of Zambia through the Ministry of Higher Education. Discussions at the node included an innovative approach developed for tick-borne disease control in livestock in the region and other outcomes from the first phase of the BioFISA I Programme.