Category: Africa

Africa content from Leo Nelson

Terranova Coffee Zambia

March has officially become Zambia awareness month. First, the country is in the news because of the Vulture Fund, then duringmy trip to California last monthI came across the Terranova Coffee blend being sold in Starbucks. Thanks to a friendI was able to capture the Zambia TerranovaEstate cover shot and even though I’m not one to promote Starbucks, this month certain Starbucks locations are featuring the Zambia Terranova Estate coffee beans as a Black Apron exclusive. According to the website, Starbucks actually pays tribute to the farmers of Black Apron Exclusivesblends through cash awards and also byfunding projects that supportthe community, environment and coffee sustainability.

Terranova Coffee

Open Source in Zambia

If you’re interested in free and open source software in Zambia then you definitely need to register and sign up at OpenSourceZambia. Supporters of open source software in Zambia have really come together to launch the OpenSourceZambia site and have already got a pretty active discussion list. From the site:

OpenSourceZambia exists to promote the knowledge and use of open source software in Zambia. Open source software presents many benefits to users, from the low cost of acquisition (it is typically given away free), to the security advantages of having the source code available, to the fact that those with the interest can develop their skill in information technology by using it. In a developing country, all of these aspects are crucial advantages of open source software over proprietary alternatives.

More than that, the open source way represents a collaborative, generous and community-oriented way to get things done, and this software development methodology is carried over into how people learn and interact. OpenSourceZambia aims to become a focus, in Zambia, for developing the community of people interested in the benefits of technology for themselves, and for encouraging the international open source community to assist in the advancement of open source software in Zambia.