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HNM Spice and Herbs: A Zambian Success Story in the Spices and Herbs Industry

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In the heart of Zambia, a revolution is underway. HNM Spice and Herbs, a brand under the HNM Group Company Limited, is empowering local farmers and disrupting the global spices and herbs industry. Established in 2016, this proudly Zambian company focuses on sourcing locally grown raw materials through community farmer out-grower schemes. Over the past few years, HNM Spice and Herbs has experienced exponential growth, garnering industry accolades and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Led by CEO and Founder Hellen Ngwira Mwamba, HNM Spice and Herbs has already garnered an impressive list of awards in 2022. These include Manufacturing Founder of the Year at the FOYA awards, where they competed against businesses from seven African countries; first prize in the Female Agro Business Entrepreneur category at the Zambia Bureau of Standards / Zambia Association of Manufacturers awards; and a Certificate of Recognition for the Most Innovative Product Runner Up.

The global market for spices and herbs was valued at $15.9 billion in 2018 and is estimated to reach $22.8 billion by 2026, growing at a compound annual rate of 4.7% (PMI Prophecy Market Insights). As consumers increasingly seek new flavors and ethnic tastes, HNM Spice and Herbs is meeting the demand with its diverse range of high-quality products.

To ensure a sustainable and competitive supply of raw materials, HNM Spice and Herbs mobilizes and capacitates local rural communities through out-grower schemes. This approach not only supports local farmers but also creates a market for the spices and herbs they cultivate. To address the challenges faced by farmers, such as a lack of knowledge, skill, and mechanisms for cultivating and processing spices and herbs, HNM Spice and Herbs runs training programs that cover all aspects of herb growing, from propagation through to harvest and post-harvest.

The response to these training programs has been overwhelming, with interest not only from Zambia but from farmers across the region. By equipping local farmers with the necessary skills and knowledge, HNM Spice and Herbs is effectively addressing the underexploited market for spices and herbs in Zambia.

With approximately 58% of Zambia’s land classified as having medium-to-high potential for agricultural production, there is significant untapped potential for the cultivation of spices and herbs. HNM Spice and Herbs aims to support existing small-scale farmers while creating a new market for spice growers in Zambia, ultimately generating employment opportunities for women and youth in local communities.

The future looks bright for HNM Spice and Herbs, with plans to expand into other local markets such as the Copperbelt, Livingstone, and Solwezi by 2023, followed by regional markets in 2026. The company’s long-term vision includes expansion into the rest of Africa and, ultimately, Europe and the global market.

HNM Spice and Herbs exemplifies the power of entrepreneurship, determination, and innovation to transform local communities and industries. This inspiring Zambian success story serves as a testament to the potential of the spices and herbs market and the importance of supporting local farmers and businesses. As HNM Spice and Herbs continues its remarkable growth, its impact will undoubtedly be felt far beyond the borders of Zambia.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, April 15th, 2023)

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Zambia aims for enhanced healthcare accessibility, as Japan donates 100 hospital beds to Zambia

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ZAMBIA’S Ambassador to Japan, Tobias Mulimbika, says the Government is committed to ensuring equal access to quality healthcare for all citizens.

The Ambassador highlighted efforts to improve healthcare accessibility, noting nationwide upgrades and construction of health facilities.

He noted the conversion of several clinics to district hospitals, supported by JICA. Specifically, clinics in Lusaka Province such as Matero, Chilenje, Chawama, Kalingalinga, and Kanyama were upgraded, along with Chamboli clinic in Kitwe District and Mushili clinic in Ndola District of Copperbelt Province.

Dr Mulimbika made these remarks during the official handover of 100 hospital beds donated to Zambia from Yao Tokushukai General Hospital.

The event took place at the Zambian Embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday.

“We is hope to further strengthen the cordial relations between the two countries, especially considering that this year marks 60 years of bilateral relation between Zambia and Japan,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Dr Toshiko Abe, a member of the House of Representatives in the Japanese Parliament, explained that the Ministry of Health in Zambia had requested her office to lobby for beds to supplement the Government’s effort in the provision of health care services.

Dr Abe emphasised that the 100 beds were intended for use in both existing and newly constructed hospitals across the country.

She reiterated her commitment to further enhancing cooperation between Zambia and Japan in many priority sectors.

The Yao Tokushukai General Hospital is affiliated with the Tokushukai Medical Corporation, established in 1973 with a focus on providing high-quality medical care, research and education. The corporation has assisted Zambia establishing the first renal unit at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.

This is according to a statement issued by First Secretary Press and Public Relations Faith Chilube.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 24th February, 2024)

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Government initiatives target reducing high cost of living

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GOVERNMENT says that it is working towards reducing the high cost of living through various interventions such as revamping of the economy.

Minister of Finance and National planning Situmbeko Musokotwane said other avenues of improving the economy are creating employment and increased investment in sectors such as mining.

Dr Musokotwane said soon Mopani and Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) on the Copperbelt will be operational, which will help drive further development.

He was speaking in parliament when he delivered a ministerial statement pertaining to the economy.

“We are cognizant of the prevailing high cost of living emanating from the recent economic developments such as the depreciation of the Kwacha, increase in fuel pump prices, increase in the electricity tariffs, among others. Madam Speaker, Government has been working towards addressing the high cost of living through various interventions. We are also revamping the economy to create employment opportunities for our people through increased investments especially in the mining sector. Soon Mopani and KCM mines will be operational and this will be a positive development,” he said.

Dr Musokotwane also said the International Monetary Fund Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Programme was successfully concluded last year in November.

He noted that the IMF Board subsequently approved and disbursed the third tranche of USD$187 million in December 2023.

“So far, we have received a total of USD$561 million of the USD$1.3 billion we are supposed to receive under the ECF programme. Madam Speaker, following the successful second programme review, we received free money from the World Bank amounting to USD$125 million for budget support. The IMF ECF programme has also enabled the unlocking of resources from other cooperating partners apart from the World Bank. Madam Speaker, we remain resolute to ensure that we the country remains on course with the commitments that have been made to our people,” he said.

Dr Musokotwane further  said there is significantly more work to be done and appreciate the continued engagement and trust of the Zambian people.

He also noted that inflation was outside the target band of six to eight percent throughout the year.

“To arrest the persistent inflationary pressures, the Bank of Zambia tightened monetary policy by raising the Policy rate to 11.0 percent in November 2023 from 9.0 percent in December 2022. Madam Speaker, turning to the exchange rate, the Kwacha traded at K25.71 per US Dollar at the close of 2023 from K18.62 at the close of 2022, representing an annual deprecation of 42.3 percent,” he said.

Dr Musokotwane said durine to the persistent pressure in the foreign exchange market, the Bank of Zambia increased statutory reserve ratio to 17.0 percent in November 2023 from 9.0 percent in December 2022.

“The Ministry in conjunction with the Bank of Zambia is working on stabilizing the Kwacha. In the medium-term, we are promoting investment in key sectors such as Agriculture, Manufacturing and Mining, among others. The whole idea is to enhance value addition in these key sectors and increase the exports, then ultimately earn more and the much-needed foreign exchange,”he said.

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister said with regards to external Sector developments, preliminary data indicate that as at end of November 2023, the merchandise trade surplus narrowed to USD$ 0.3 billion from USD$ 2.6 billion as at end-2022.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Southern Africa’s next generation of film & TV creators: MultiChoice Talent Factory welcomes Class of 2024

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A FRESH cohort of 20 passionate young filmmakers has begun an exciting year of film and television training at the MultiChoice Talent Factory Southern Africa Academy in Lusaka.

The MTF Southern Africa Academy is one of three on the continent, where students spend 12 months gaining skills in screenwriting, editing, producing and directing – through study, and practical experience on TV and film productions. The fully funded curriculum includes workshops, lectures, masterclasses and assignments.

MTF students learn alongside industry greats and seasoned professionals from across the globe. The final stage of the course sees students developing feature films for broadcast on MultiChoice local channels and Showmax. The most recent MTF Academy cohort also enjoyed an intensive online training course with the New York Film Academy (NYFA).

In Southern Africa, the MTF Academy curriculum is created with MultiChoice Africa partner institution the University of Zambia, which confers the course qualifications upon completion of the academy programme.

This year’s students were chosen after a rigorous six-week selection process of interviews and adjudication by film and television experts, as well as regional academy directors.

At the MTF Southern Africa Academy, 55% of students in this year’s intake are male and 45% are female – coming from Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana, Angola and Zimbabwe.

Since its establishment in 2018, the Africa-wide MTF Academy programme has produced more than 300 graduates, qualified young filmmakers who are now taking African stories to the world.

“In the African film and television space, there is a risk that local productions could be crowded out by high quality, foreign-produced films and series,” says MTF Southern Africa Director Christopher Puta. “Fortunately, MultiChoice has ensured this does not happen, by investing in developing local skills through our well-equipped MTF Academies. Even before they graduate, these students will be involved in creating relevant content that reflects the lives and the tastes of African people.”

The training that the MTF Academy provides is geared to broadening the skillsets of aspirant filmmakers, and to empowering them to work in various creative disciplines – not only the film industry. An MTF survey has found that around 92% of MTF Academy graduates go on to work in the creative sector.

“Once they leave our Academy, many MTF graduates go on to work on MultiChoice productions, or with other broadcasters in the region,” says Puta. “Other graduates start businesses and become our partners and suppliers in the industry. MTF is about developing the skills to support a vibrant, collaborative industry environment.”

Last year, the MTF Academy Southern Africa graduated a talented cohort of passionate and skilled young creatives, many of whom joined local productions with the Zambia National Film Commission (ZNFC), as well as pan-African film and televisions productions including Mpali, Zuba, Ten Tamanga Street, Makofi and My Horror Love Story Zambia. And have also worked on feature films produced in Namibia that premiered on Showmax and other local channels in Portuguese-speaking markets such as Kwenda Magic and Maningue Magic.

“The MTF Southern Africa class will support the MultiChoice vision of producing hyperlocal content for local markets,” says Puta. “We’ve seen how audiences react to content made by other Africans, and we look forward to seeing the work produced by this year’s group of MTF students.”

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