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What’s for Lunch?2 months ago I stopped eating maize and this means nshima with maize and everything maize based.
Reason? Other than the fact that human beings cannot digest whole corn but when consumed the fiber bran coat is good for the intestines, my body has totally rejected corn.
Solution? I eat only 100% millet or sorghum but sorghum is better as it is slightly more healthier than millet.
Also... the sugar content in millet or sorghum is lower that when I consume it, it regulates my sugar levels and makes me full longer.
Its important to listen to our bodies when it comes to food and the things we put in our bodies. Don't just eat or drink things because others are doing it, listen to your body.
And to add.. millet and sorghum were the indigenous carb grains we consumed in Zambia before maize was popular and our bodies are better built to eat these. Also it's a drought resistant crop, doesn't need "fertilizer" or other chemicals to grow hence cheaper for farmers.
I will be posting my journey with millet and sorghum and various different Zambian vegetables. It's much healthier and cheaper.
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CSPR had the honor to attend the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Conference on the 11th and the 12th of September, put forward by NGOCC and the Swedish Embassy. The purpose of the conference was, not only to shed light on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Zambia, but to develop possible practical and community led solutions as well as contribute to the creation of a Zambian Network of actors addressing SGBV.
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1 week ago
As we all eagerly await the presidential speech, the following are our expectations.What are your expectations?
CIVIL SOCIETY FOR POVERTY REDUCTION (CSPR) EXPECTATIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH DURING THE OPENING OF THE 4TH SESSION OF THE 12TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON 13Th SEPTEMBER, 2019.
Domestic Resource Mobilisation: We expect the President to outline a clear and robust strategy to enhance domestic resource mobilisation to provide for developmental activities and public service delivery that safeguards the majority poor and vulnerable without contracting more debt.
Debt: We expect to hear comprehensive measures on the practical road map to address this issue.
Transparency and Accountability: CSPR expects the President to inform the nation of a clear mechanism that will foster transparency and accountability, curb corruption and money laundering. Our hope is that he will also push for austerity measures to be implemented diligently in the management of public resources.
Budget Credibility: We observe that savings from reduced FISP subsidies were not channeled to priority areas like social protection programmes, CSPR, therefore, expects a strategy that will restore budget credibility and foster investment confidence.
Energy: We expect the Republican President to give a comprehensive statement on the short and long term solutions to resolving the power crisis. The incidence of load shedding is negatively impacting the income generation means of the people hence increasing poverty and constraining growth of the economy.
Unemployment: The national combined rate of unemployment has remained high at 41.2% with high levels among women of 48.8% and 34.8% for men. This has affected majority Zambians as the dependency ratio is on the rise making several families fall into a poverty trap. We expect some direction on how the government intends to address this issue.
Hunger Situation: Some parts of this country have been hit by hunger as a result of the drought that led to poor yields mostly in Southern, Western and parts of Eastern Province. The issue of hunger has been extensively debated by various stakeholders in the country. We expect the President to outline a clear government position that will address this problem.
Mealie Meal Prices: Of late, mealie meal prices have been on a rise to levels that are unaffordable by majority of the poor. In some places, a 25kg bag is costing between K 150 and K 175. These prices have not only contributed to inflation but also food insecurity around the country. CSPR is expecting to hear the short to long term solutions to this issue.
Social Protection: Poverty levels have remained high at around 54.4% at national level and around 76.7% in rural areas. The most vulnerable people who are found in rural areas mainly depend on government programs such as Social Cash transfers and other food relief programs. However, allocations towards social sectors have continued to dwindle as can be observed from the 2019 budget were allocation to health and education was reduced. This affects the poorest of the poor, hence the need for the Republican President to highlight how budget allocations to Social Protection programs will be ring fenced.
CSPR expects the national address to trigger action towards resolving the above challenges hence our hope that the plight of the poor will be cushioned.
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Moderator: How many here can reduce their consumption of maize meal Nshima to eat other foods?
Responses split the House in Half: Left=YES, I CAN and Left= NO, I CAN’T #BeyondMaize Public Discussion in Chongwe ... See MoreSee Less