Zambia To Benefit From $100 Million From World Bank To Curb Pollution In Mining Towns

The World Bank will lend Zambia more than $100 million to reduce environmental health risks in polluted mining areas and support economic diversification. Zambia, Africa's second biggest copper producer, has long been battling with environmental pollution in some mining towns. The World Bank said in a statement that $65.6 million would be spent on reducing environmental health risks and $40 million will support economic diversification through agribusiness and trade projects. The money will be used to clean up high levels of lead in soil within the affected areas. At least 4,000 farmer households and 300 SMEs have been earmarked to benefit from the economic diversification program.