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Finally, a Skype Conference

Mr. Kelly Munkombwe, Head Teacher at Mwachilele school made email contact with the teachers at Birmingham-Covington School in Michigan to set up a Skype conference in two weeks time. The efforts to connect have been very challenging, to say the … Continue reading

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Village Chickens the Next Step?

Victor has started a new demonstration project on his farm that will help the villagers diversify their sources of income. As we already know, depending solely on maize is a long term losing proposition. However, raising village chickens can be … Continue reading

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Bumper Crop means Less Income?

The challenges of the rural Zambian farmer are almost impossible to comprehend from the comfort of our lives in the US. After fighting relentlessly for a bumper crop, which included long lasting rains and army worms, the unforeseen has struck … Continue reading

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Surplus Rain, Surplus Maize When or If Harvested

Father Dominic pointed out that the harvest is a PROJECTION based on other parts of Zambia and looking at what is growing in the field. Instead, Lusaka has surplus rain! For our Coop, maize has not left the field yet … Continue reading

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Maize Crop will have Huge Surplus

Even though the maize crop will have a huge surplus, that is not always a good thing. Of course it means that farmers will have enough to eat, but nothing is that simple. To get the maize ground into mealie … Continue reading

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Contact at Last!

Kelly Munkombwe, Head Teacher of Mwachilele School finally has email contact with us! After months of trial and error (lots of error!) we finally received his email in our COPE Zambia email account. I have sent the email to the … Continue reading

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What Happened to Victor?

We have not heard from Victor for awhile, and there is a frightening reason, serious illness. In late January Victor had a recurrence of malaria. He was at the farm, where he was forced to lay in bed for two … Continue reading

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Egypt in the Time of Moses

So far the rural farmers have endured, and to a large extent overcome, army worms, stalk borers, and red locusts. What could be next? Floods. After a few years of serious drought that brought food insecurity and failed crops, suddenly … Continue reading

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New Challenges to Rural Farmers

Although the rains have come and the rivers are running, a new challenge has occurred. Army worms! In some places the worms are so dense they threaten to destroy nearly the entire maize crop. The President had sent emergency pesticides … Continue reading

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Coop Plans Its Future

Victor has written a detailed report of his visit with the Chilupula Coop. After several days of meetings, they reached a plan for the future. The last growing season was disastrous. Rains came late, and did not last long, thanks … Continue reading

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