In traditional cultures of Zambia, grass has been utilized in many aspects of everyday life of the people. Its utility value can be ranked as one of the most effective in sustaining both animal and human life.

A review of utility items in the ethnography collection at Lusaka museum revealed that grass is a viable renewable resource that has economic value even in present day life. The thematic of the grass products under review included kitchen utensils, personal effects, recreational and building material.

The National Policy on Tourism has recognized the importance of utilizing indigenous resources sustainably for national development. The Lusaka National Museum conducted a research to document the indigenous knowledge surrounding the Kalomo Grass. The research activity was supported by Golden Grass Limited, a private enterprise engaged in the business of grass at the grass root level.

The expected output of the research would be the following:

"A signed memorandum between Golden Grass Limited and community members of Simwatachela Chiefdom in Kalomo."

"A thatched shelter (insaka) at Lusaka National Museum."

"A catalogue on Kalomo grass."

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