World Bank lends Zambia $100 million to tackle mining pollutionStaff Writer | December 21, 2016
The World Bank has agreed to lend Zambia more than $100 million to reduce environmental health risks in polluted mining areas and support economic diversification.
Africa The diversification project
The World Bank said in a statement that $65.6 million would be spent on reducing environmental health risks and $40 million to support economic diversification through agribusiness and trade projects.
"The project is very significant for Zambia because it will contribute to clean up some parts of the old mining town of Kabwe which still has unacceptably high levels of lead in the soil," the World Bank said.
This diversification project is expected to reach 4,000 farmer households and 300 small- and medium-sized enterprises. The project would have at least 30,000 direct beneficiaries, the World Bank said. ■