Zambia series in English

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Radio Station: Valley FM Radio

Producer Organization: ZNFCA

Production Language: English

Production Year: 2023

Programme 1: ZNFCA Introduction

The interview commenced with an introduction by the panelists and the moderato. The national coordinator then introduced ZNFCA, elucidating its initials as the Zambia National Forest Commodities Association, she mentioned that ZNFCA, formerly a department under Zambia National Farmers Union ZNFU, was registered as an association in 2017 In 2017 with the assistance of FAO Food and Agriculture Organization. The primary objective of the organization is to promote the use of Non-Timber Forest Product NTFP, ZNFCA as an apex body of Forest Farm Producer Organization FFPO involved in NTFP production, operates in multiple districts in Zambia with the aim of expanding to all the district. 

The Business Incubation Officer provided information on ZNFCA’s geographical location, district operation and promoted forest products. Simultaneously, The National Coordinator discussed the organization structure, membership packages and services offered by ZNFCA, including capacity building advocacy and market linkages. The national coordinator also highlighted ZNFCA’s partners, such as FAO, The Forest Department, AMARC, WWF and other implementing partners.

ZNFCA has been receiving membership applications and the response has been overwhelming for instance in Nyimba we have over 1000 members from 23 groups who are members however ZNFCA has over 5000 members national wide.


Radio Station: Valley FM Radio

Producer Organization: ZNFCA

Production Language: English

Production Year: 2023

Programme 2: Nursery Preparation

The interview commenced with an introduction by the panelists and the moderato. Following the moderator’s question on the important to venturing into tree nursery establishment. The district coordinator highlighted the significance of establishing tree nurseries for promoting tree planting, forest conservation and restoration. Factors discussed included site selection, soil analysis, topology, and water availability. 

The moderator further asked how can one determine the right species to plant in the nursery, The Treasurer responded by saying it depends with the species on demand however local species are often a good choice but also know the purpose of the nursery you are establishing.

When establishing a nursery, seed/seedling selection is key, some trees are highly attacked by different pest hence making it cumbersome for the seedling to thrive.

Mr Lucas a bord member, emphasized the importance of irrigation while preventing overwatering and promoting sustainable nursery management. Lastly, he highlighted the income potential of tree nurseries, supporting livelihoods and the market availability of seedlings in the province.  


Radio Station: Pasme Radio

Producer Organization: CAZ and ZNFCA

Production Language: English

Production Year: 2022

Program Title: Community Forest Management Area

The session discussed that through Forest and Farm Producers (FFP), they established community-based forest management in two chiefdoms. The FFP’s aim is to get involved in forest governance to ensure the sustainability of forest resources and the equitable distribution of access to and benefits from them.

Community forest management is a cultural and spiritual practice. It is a way of life developed by indigenous people and local communities, and there are steps to establish a community forest management area. The discussion was that government officials must be involved, the chief and other traditional leaders, and the community. Sensitization on what it is and why and also to mention some alternative ways of mitigating measures.

The discussion session stated the importance of forests: they purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, prevent erosion, and act as an important buffer against climate change.  Forests offer a home to many of the world’s diverse plants and animals and provide essential natural resources, from timber and food to medicinal plants.  Trees also add beauty, improve personal health, reduce air pollution, provide shelter, save energy, and increase the country’s economic stability.



Radio Station: Byta FM

Producer Organization:  ZNFCA

Production Language: English

Production Year: 2021

Programme Title: Agri-biodiversity

Byta FM looks at Agri-biodiversity, the benefits of the science, and how it preserves Mother Nature. The production also highlights how Agri-biodiversity has made it possible for ordinary households in Zambia to have access to healthy food. The discussion ventured into the effects of the commercialization of agriculture and the impact on sustainable food systems. The perspective of FAO in terms of the National Action Plan is also provided by the FAO representative.

The invited guests of the programme were Partner Siabutuba, the Director Youth Development Organization, and Vincent Ziba, National Facilitator of the Forest and Farm Facility Program (FAO) Country office.