Articles tagged 'drought'

US gives $4m more to fight famine 1 February 2017 HARARE - The United States will give an additional $4 million in aid for fighting famine in Zimbabwe, with the funding coming from President Donald Trump’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar). The new money — which comes on top of US assistance was announced on Monday — and would bring tot...
'Residents drinking polluted water' 17 November 2016 HARARE - Harare residents are drinking polluted water as most of the city's supply is recycled from the sewer treatment works, an environmentalist and professor with the University of Zimbabwe, Christopher Magadza, claimed. He said the problem was mainly due to the prevailing drought, which ha...
Kicking hunger out of young tummies 23 October 2016 HARARE - As hunger may stalk up to about six million Zimbabweans by January 2017, various organisations have moved in to save multitudes of children from starvation — as both urban and rural populations have been affected. Government — through aid agencies — has begun implementing schools feed...
Special Fund enhances food security 17 October 2016 HARARE - Since the chaotic land reform programme of 2000 — Zimbabwe has witnessed a massive 58 percent decrease in agricultural production and only the timely intervention of support partners has mitigated the situation, an analysis by the Zimbabwe Value Chain reveals. On the backdrop of worse...
Drought exposes HIV patients to risk 25 September 2016 HARARE - The United Nations has warned that about 196 000 people living with HIV in the impoverished Zimbabwe's rural areas are at risk due to the ravaging drought and the deteriorating economic situation which has affected their treatment regime. According to statistics, Zimbabwe has 1,4 mill...
Zim: From drought to floods 25 September 2016 HARARE - As Zimbabwe moves from El Nino to La Nina, the number of food insecure Zimbabweans will rise to nearly six million by January 2017 from 4,1 million. El Nino, a climatic condition characterised by droughts which ravaged the country in the 2015/2016 agricultural season, is likely to be ...
Japan rescues starving Zvishavane villagers 18 September 2016 HARARE - More than 10 000 starving Zvishavane villagers are set to benefit from a $2,9 million Japanese government grant. The grant is on the back of the Zimbabwe Vulnerability and Assessment Committee (ZimVac) identifying Zvishavane as one of Zimbabwe’s 20 most food insecure districts. Jap...
'US guards against food aid politicisation' 10 September 2016 HARARE - The United States (US) said it has “robust mechanisms” to ensure that its food aid to Zimbabwe is not subject to any form of political manipulation. This comes after an investigation by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) found that Zanu PF is the major perpetrator of food aid...
'Zanu PF politicising food aid' 8 September 2016 HARARE - Zanu PF is the major perpetrator of the politicisation of food aid in drought-stricken areas, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has said. The finding is on the back of an investigation by ZHRC in food insecure areas that include Bikita East, Buhera North, Mazowe Central, Muz...
Netherlands envoy warns Zim against politicising food aid 31 August 2016 HARARE - Netherlands ambassador to Zimbabwe Gera Sneller has warned the Zimbabwe government against politicising food aid. Sneller, who was speaking at the unveiling of a €3,5 million Oxfam drought response project, said humanitarian needs must be prioritised before involving other issues. ...
'Zim has 6 months food stocks' 27 August 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has enough food stocks to tackle the worsening food crisis for the next six months, Social Welfare minister Prisca Mupfumira said. This comes as a senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Albert Chikondo, said the number of people in urgent need o...
Hunger ravages Save Valley 29 July 2016 CHIPINGE - Hunger has ravaged the Save Valley, forcing villagers to migrate to other districts and even across the border. The elderly have resorted to door-to-door begging. The arid region has experienced poor harvests over the past two years, with the El-Niño- induced drought aggravating ...
Drought affects Hippo Valley production 7 June 2016 HARARE - Tongaat Hulett’s Zimbabwean unit, Hippo Valley (Hippo), says national sugar output is expected to decline to an average of 400 000 tonnes this year compared to 412 000 tonnes produced last year due to drought. Zimbabwe is experiencing an El Nino-induced drought that has left over 5,5 ...
'Hungry HIV+ patients at risk' 19 May 2016 HARARE - HIV-positive patients in drought-hit Zimbabwe could start abandoning their anti-retroviral regimens in droves, and leaders fear that unless more food becomes available, they will soon be dealing with drug resistance and death. The Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (Z...
Drought ravages Chipinge 11 May 2016 CHIPINGE - Legislators from both Zanu PF and the MDC here agree there is need for government to urgently intervene and help avert the worsening food crisis that has seen many turning to wild fruits to survive. Chipinge, which falls in the Save Valley, is one of the most arid areas in Zimbabwe ...
Mugabe fiddles as drought shrivels crops 24 April 2016 UMZINGWANE - At least 70 percent of crops in Matabeleland South are wilting and reservoir water levels are at their lowest, agriculture experts have said. Yet President Robert Mugabe's government has not held a high-level meeting to discuss drought relief for farmers even as the Met Department...
Mat South children suffer malnutrion 23 April 2016 UMZINGWANE - Health authorities have warned that children here are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate treatment. Authorities warned of an unfolding humanitarian emergency in Matabeleland South Province. Children are struggling to recover from severe drought that ...
Zanu PF, MDC in 'hunger wars' 10 April 2016 HARARE - MDC councillor Clifford Nhamburo is up in arms with Zanu PF MP for Goromonzi East Beatrice Nyamupinga over food distribution in the area, as villagers fight an El nino-induced drought that has left at least four million people in dire need of food aid in the country. Nhamburo, who is ...
Govt monitors groundwater extractions 27 March 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to monitor ground water withdrawals as part of strategies to mitigate effects of a devastating drought, a senior government official has said. Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said there was need to properly manage the available water sources, which face depleti...
Intermittent rains to continue across Zim 23 March 2016 HARARE - The Meteorological Department says intermittent light to moderate rain will persist across the country. All provinces will have rain showers and thunderstorms periodically. The Met Department statement said heavy rains will likely occur in Mashonaland East and Central as well as in...
'20 000 cattle die due to drought' 16 March 2016 HARARE - Between 18 000 and 22 000 cattle may have died so far since last year as a result of the drought caused by El Nino, Zimbabwe Abattoirs Association chairperson Godfrey Chanetsa said. While presenting oral evidence to the agriculture committee, Chanetsa said in some areas where rains ca...
Let this drought be a wake-up call 7 March 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is going through one of its worst droughts in decades and information released last week which showed that close to three million people are staring hunger in the face should be a wake-up call to the government. Many experts have rated this year's drought as the worst in 25 y...
'Children starving in Mash Central' 17 February 2016 HARARE - Children in Mashonaland Central are fainting from hunger, the resident minister has warned First Lady Grace Mugabe, amid reports over a million countrywide risk starvation as the humanitarian crisis deteriorates at a dangerously rapid pace. Food aid and supplies of grain imported by t...
MDC slams government's drought emergency response 1 February 2016 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has called on government to declare a statewide drought emergency, slamming the rather lackadaisical attitude of the Zanu PF government in handling the impending severe food shortage. This comes amid a crippling El-Nino-induced drought characterised by shrinkin...
Zim secures $200m for maize 22 January 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has secured a $200 million loan facility from the Afreximbank for maize imports to avert hunger, central bank governor has said. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya yesterday told journalists in the capital that the loan would see the country starting import...