Monthly Archives: September 2012

ZAMBIA: Minimum wage leads to steep food price rises

LUSAKA 27 September 2012 (IRIN) – The euphoria that greeted the government’s imposition of minimum wage increases has quickly soured, with prices of food and other essential commodities escalating as higher wage costs are passed

CLIMATE CHANGE: New urgency to rethink dam projects

JOHANNESBURG 26 September 2012 (IRIN) – The massive hydropower dams built on the Zambezi River, the largest river system in Southern Africa, not only supply power to major economies in the region but also help

FOOD: Poor importing countries need help

JOHANNESBURG 18 September 2012 (IRIN) – High cereal prices have bloated countries' food import bills in the past decade, partly because of export restrictions imposed by some governments that have squeezed supply. As cereal prices

Zambia’s healthcare system in need of an MOT as road accidents increase | Sarika Bansal

With emergency care costly and hard to come by, people injured on Zambia’s roads often experience needless complications

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, 16-year-old Vasco Mzanda limped into a district health centre in Zambia’s southern …

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Increasing hostility towards Chinese traders

JOHANNESBURG/BLANTYRE/MASERU/LUSAKA 07 September 2012 (IRIN) – In the last decade, Asian migrants have fanned out through southern Africa, opening shops in small towns and rural backwaters. While consumers in countries facing increasing economic hardships have

DfID urged to take direct investor role in Zambia’s booming economy

Commons report calls for more financial backing for country’s growing business sector, and an end to maize subsidies

The UK’s development finance arm, the CDC, could play a significant role in boosting Zambia’s economy and …