Research information from infosysplus.org: Organisations and projects in Zambia

Projects with partners - Zambia (10)

  • Developing biometric sampling systems and optimal harvesting methods for medicinal tree bark in southern Africa

    Objectives: To contribute locally to the knowledge base on which sustainable management plans can be prepared for tree species from which medicinal bark is harvested. The lessons learned through the research process will be generalised to provide advice on the most efficient manner to tackle generic NTFP sampling issues. Background: Tree bark is an important component of the pharmacopoeia of traditional healers in Africa and traditional medicine is still the main source of health care for the majority of Africans. As the population grows and becomes urbanised, forests shrink and the pressure on preferred bark species increases and trade is commercialised and orchestrated by market traders. In recent years the advent of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has increased the demand for medicinal herbs, including tree bark, as traditional healers work with the hospitals to find ways of alleviating the symptoms of AIDS.

  • Development of environmentally friendly management methods for red spider mites in small-holder tomato production systems in Eastern and Southern Africa (Phase II)

    Goal: To develop an integrated and biological control programme for RSM on tomatoes in Eastern and Southern Africa Major Results Achieved: The second phase of the project started in July 2002. So far, all activities could be executed as planned with the exception of the resistance screening in Zambia due to the death of Dr. Mebelo

  • Domestication and marketing of indigenous fruit tree of the Miombo for improved household nutrition and incomes in Southern Africa

    Goal: To improve the well being of rural dwellers (farmers, marketers and consumers), in the Miombo ecosystem through improved domestication, utilization and commercialization of indigenous fruit trees and their products Major Results Achieved: The priority species list was updated in Zambia and Malawi, using more participatory approaches

  • Facilitating the widespread adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) in maize-based systems in Eastern and Southern Africa

    Major Research Domain: conservation agriculture, maize based systems, conservation tillage, zero tillage, direct seeding Goal: To improve livelihoods and food security for smallholder farmers in ESA through accelerated and widespread adoption of CA practices.

  • Management and control - essential features for continued access by small-scale growers to EU fresh produce markets

    Objectives: To generate and promote new knowledge into how national innovation systems can be mobilised to sustain uptake and adoption of CPH knowledge for the benefit of the poor. Background: Fresh produce exports generate income for thousands of families in Africa. Strict food safety regulations and standards in the EU are depriving these families of their livelihood. Simply providing training and transferring European systems does not work. This project builds on the success of R8271, by supporting small-scale growers with a cost effective management system and institutional framework to attain EUREPGAP. The concept integrates into the national system and encourages SSG's to take ownership. The current work aims to demonstrate that the Zambian system can work in Uganda, which has a less well developed export sector and institutional framework.

  • Maximising impact of food safety knowledge of street vended and informally vended foods generated by CPHP projects in West and Southern Africa using the coalition approach and extending the approach to India

    Objectives: New knowledge is generated and promoted into how national and regional innovation systems can be mobilised to sustain uptake and adoption of CPH knowledge for the benefit of the poor. Background: Previous CPHP projects have sought to improve livelihoods of street and informal food vendors and the health of consumers through the coalition approach. This project will bring together coalitions in Ghana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and develop a new one in Kolkata, India. It will explore ways of strengthening and improving the sustainability of the coalitions using the knowledge management concept, so that information is utilised more effectively by the partnerships. Packages will be developed that document the food safety management approach developed by the coalitions. Similarly, packages will be developed that document how coalitions were developed and maintained.

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership UNZA: Consolidation of activities in School of Veterinary Medicine

    Epidemiology of cysticercosis is highly endemic in Eastern and Southern Africa. In Zambia more than half of the village pigs were found to be infected and these pigs are currently sold and consumed because of lack of veterinary inspection and of knowledge. The prevalence and impact of human cysticercosis in Zambia remains largely unknown, especially because diagnostic facilities, including neuroimaging techniques, are virtually absent in the country.The main objectives of our research is (1) improve diagnostic tests based on serology and molecular methods (2) to study the local epidemiology and identify risk factors for infection, through community-based studies (3) to measure the impact on human health and on the communities (4)to develop sustainable integrated control strategies through education, improvement of sanitary conditions, treatment and vaccination. Flemish Coordinator: Prof. J. Vercruysse (UGent)

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership UNZA: Establishing the Department of Food Science and Technology

    Establishing the Department of Food Science and Technology offering a BSc. Programme and contract research. This will provide qualified personnel necessary to effectively support the Zambian Food industry. Flemish Coordinator is Prof. K. Dewettinck, local project leader Ms. D. Mwiita Hikeezi.

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership UNZA: Rehabilitation programme of laboratories in Geology, School of Mines

    Geology-Soil Science Project: Rehabilitation programme of laboratories in Geology, School of Mines

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership with University of Zambia (UNZA)

    This Partnership programme runs for 10 years (1997-2006) under coordination of Prof. E. Van Ranst from the University of Gent (UGent) and Prof. S.B. Kanyanga from the University of Zambia (UNZA). This programme consists of 8 projects: Computer centre and library; Distance education; Computer studies; Food Science and Technology; Veterinary medicine ; Geology-soil science; Interdisciplinary research; Programme support component.