farmer with produce9."Blue Gold" and its relevance to BABA.

Clifton Packaging Group Plc take their Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously here in the UK and plan to do the same in Africa via the COMESA/BABA initiative to alleviate poverty in Africa, generate wealth, increase in productivity and account for its environmental and social impacts to delivering sustainable development and instilling values of respect and responsibility. Working together with COMESA, to create the BABA brand that people will come to love.

Water is life, Agriculture is Life

Khalid Sheikh, was recently in touch with a company who have developed a water purifying system manufactured to ISO 9001 standards with certification of conformity available for all parts that contact water, ensuring a working life of more than 25 years. It will produce a constant supply of safe drinking water, to even the most remote areas; all bacteria e.g. E.coli, Cholera and Salmonella are removed from all water. Production is sufficient to provide for a community of 2000 people producing up to 20,000 litres a day, 140,000 litres a week and just under 7.3 million litres a year. This system can operate without electrical power and can easily be installed and maintained at very low cost and is made of materials which will last for more than 25 years requiring minimal training to operate without specialist technical knowledge. Water from any existing source may be processed and purified from stream, river water or piped supplies which are presently unsafe for use, the storage compartment can contain 680 litres of water for immediate use.

The chemicals used for purifying the water are readily available world-wide and each unit can be installed and operational in less than 4 hours.

Typical applications:-

- Slum Regeneration

- Remote/Rural Communities

- Refugee Camps

- Construction Sites

- Disaster Areas

The equipment weighs no more than 250 kg and measures by 1.0m x 1.0m x 1.5m it can easily be carried by 4 men, it can be transported on a flat-bed truck, it can be air-lifted by helicopter easily in emergency situations. The unit provides safe drinking water which has been tested against the United Kingdom tap water. Further tests were conducted on 'Road side Ditch Water' to evaluate the microbial containments before treatment. The system has the ability to reduce effectively, the microbial contamination found in the very dirtiest of the water sample tested.farmer with produce

Low cost Water Purification System set up at each Centre of Excellence to providing Clean Water to Rural Africa using revolutionary Water Purification Equipment which does not require Electric, Gas or Solar Power. This equipment also has the capability of attaching a packing machine to fill 1 litre and 2 litre polythene bags of purified water, which has British Certification Standard (what comes out of a British Tap, will be available in Rural Africa) eliminating the use of plastic jerry cans, bottles and other vessels currently used to carry water, thus eliminating contamination and disease and is easy to carry.

This concept will be available at grassroots level where local communities will benefit from the involvement, from the farmer right through to the consumer. There are other systems on the market place that need either, solar power, electrical supply, battery power or even reverse osmosis.

Dirty contaminated water is responsible for a myriad of health problems including dysentery, Cholera, Typhoid and Bactaria as well as parasitic worms such as Guinea Worm, Hook Worm and Bilharzia caused by dirty stagnant water causing a huge detrimental impact on the health of the population. Women and children walk miles each way carrying heavy buckets and containers of water and taking hours that could be spent in other more profitable ways. Animals share the same water sources as humans, doing neither any good. During the dry seasons, water supplies are inadequate to sustain both. We'd like to believe there's an infinite supply of water on the planet. But the assumption is tragically false. Available freshwater amounts to less than one-half of 1 percent of all the water on earth. The rest is sea water, or is frozen in the polar ice. Fresh water is renewable only by rainfall. Due to intensive urbanisation, deforestation, water diversion and large scale industrial farming, the earth's surface is drying. If present trends persist, the water in all river basins on every continent could steadily be depleted.

Global consumption of water is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of human population growth. According to the United Nations, more than one billion people on earth already lack access to clean drinking water. If current trends persist, by 2025, the demand for clean water is expected to rise to 56 percent above the amount that is currently available.

To deal with the issue of water as a human right, countries must adopt constitutions such as that of South Africa, which guarantees water first for people, second for nature and third for the economy. Every South African is guaranteed enough free water for basic needs; only then is there consideration of pricing.

Water is a public trust to be guarded at all levels of government. Because water, like air, belongs to the earth and all species, no one has the right to appropriate it or profit from it at someone else's expense. Water, then, is a public trust that must be protected at all levels of government and communities everywhere.

'Wars of the future will be fought over water, not oil, as our Blue Gold, the source of human survival.

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