Hivos Southern Africa

Southern Africa


Southern Africa

Zambia needs to rethink its food and agriculture system in order to improve diversity in both food production and consumption, according to the new report “Sustainable Diets for All: Agriculture, food systems, diets and nutrition in Zambia”. The report finds that every US dollar of investment in proven nutrition interventions could potentially generate around USD18 in economic returns from improved health and productivity of the population.

There is a need to promote the consumption of a variety of foods in Zambia, according to Frank Mechielsen, Hivos’ Senior Sustainable Diets for All Programme Manager. In Zambia, many people cannot access healthy and diverse foods. To complicate matters, the Zambian government has traditionally concentrated on promoting the cultivation of maize at the expense of other crops.

Hivos Southern Africa dished out a feast of arts, attracting massive audiences at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) held from May 2 to 7 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Leveraging on its long history of supporting the arts sector in Zimbabwe, the Hivos Southern Africa exhibition stand featured a potpourri of artistic activities including music performances, spoken word and comedy among others.

Mid-afternoon in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Scores of visitors troop to the Ministry of Energy and Power Development exhibition stand at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), attracted by one of Zimbabwe's top internet sensations, Rolland Lunga aka Boss Kedha. Boss Kedha, an online comedian, immediately welcomes the visitors and invites them to take a tour of the stand where various renewable energy technologies are on display.

Hivos Southern Africa put up an open lounge and stage at the Harare International Festival of the Arts 2017, Zimbabwe’s premier arts showpiece. Hivos’ concept was an open lounge and space featuring a range of artistic performances where audiences had an opportunity to have close interaction with artists.

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) is observed every year on May 17. It aims to stimulate international events that raise awareness of the human rights violations suffered by of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Hivos Southern Africa (Hivos) joins journalists, artists, open internet and free expression activists in the region and beyond in commemorating this year’s World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday 3 May 2017.  

This year’s UNESCO theme, ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in Advancing, Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies’  aptly captures the democratic importance of all media in enabling free expression and citizens’ civic engagement in Southern Africa.

Following a media training workshop that was held in Lusaka on 11 and 12 April 2017, Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is implementing a media fellowship programme to support journalists to provide in-depth and issue based content that promotes positive profiles of women leaders.

Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), with support from Hivos Southern Africa, conducted a media training on women’s participation in leadership in Lusaka on 11 and 12 April that brought together print and electronic media practitioners from across Zambia.

Creative Hubs from Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe met at Moto Republik Creative Hub in Harare, Zimbabwe, on April 11, 2017 for a Creative Hub Think Tank workshop. The theme was Room of Open Minds (R.O.O.M).

Using the ‘World Café’ workshop methodology, the objective of the one-day gathering was for creative hub convenors and communities to reflect on the operating environment, challenges, opportunities and priorities for hubs and spaces in the region.