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Are Drought-Resistant Crops In Africa The Tech Fix They’re Cracked Up To Be?

Are Drought-Resistant Crops In Africa The Tech Fix They’re Cracked Up To Be?

The rains are not what they once were in Kitui County. As climate change bites, the wet season is more erratic and drought has become an all-too-common phenomenon in this rural corner of eastern Kenya. This year, the community’s produce of peas, sorghum and other staples failed to reach maturity because the rains arrived one […]

Climate-Related Disaster Can Increase Risk Of Armed Conflict

Climate-Related Disaster Can Increase Risk Of Armed Conflict

  Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries were preceded by extreme weather. The role of severe heatwaves, floods and storms in increasing the risk of wars has been controversial, particularly in relation to the long drought in Syria. […]

‘Extreme Measure Are Needed’: Namibia’s Battle With Drought Comes To Its Cities

‘Extreme Measure Are Needed’: Namibia’s Battle With Drought Comes To Its Cities

Two weeks ago, the President of Namibia officially declared the country to be in a state of emergency. The country is facing its most severe drought in more than 25 years. In rural areas, crops are failing and livestock is dying. Just as destructive is the impact the drought is having on people in towns […]

Burkina Faso: In Drought-Stricken Burkina Faso, Farmers Get Creative

Burkina Faso: In Drought-Stricken Burkina Faso, Farmers Get Creative

Rural Burkina Faso is battling more frequent and ever-longer droughts. The dry season, which traditionally lasted from mid-February to June, is increasingly extending into July and August, delaying the start of much-needed rainfall for planting. Crops frequently dry up or are attacked by insect pests, rendering most of the harvest useless.  Farmers in the country’s […]

French Minister Warns Of Mass Climate Change Migration If World Doesn’t Act

French Minister Warns Of Mass Climate Change Migration If World Doesn’t Act

Global warming will create hundreds of millions of climate change migrants by the end of the century if governments do not act, France’s environment minister has warned. Ségolène Royal told ministers from 170 countries at the UN environment assembly in Nairobi that climate change was linked to conflicts, which in turned caused migration. “Climate change […]

50 Million Africans Face Hunger After Crops Fail Again

50 Million Africans Face Hunger After Crops Fail Again

Up to 50 million people in Africa will need food by Christmas as a crisis across the continent triggered by El Niño worsens, the UN and major international charities have warned. A second year of deep drought in much of southern and eastern Africa has ravaged crops, disrupted water supplies and driven up food prices, […]

How Southern Africa is Coping With Worst Global Food Crisis For 25 Years

How Southern Africa is Coping With Worst Global Food Crisis For 25 Years

Angola Drought is affecting 1.4 million people across seven of Angola’s 18 provinces. Food prices have rocketed and acute malnutrition rates have doubled, with more than 95,000 children affected. Food insecurity is expected to worsen from July to the end of the year. Botswana Three years of drought have hit the country’s livestock and arable […]

Ethiopia Increases Emergency Drought Appeal As Hunger Spreads.

Ethiopia Increases Emergency Drought Appeal As Hunger Spreads.

Ethiopia’s government and aid agency leaders are revising upwards their joint $1.4 billion appeal for more than 10 million people hit by the country’s worst drought in 50 years. “Surges in humanitarian needs are already registered since… December,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. “Considering the reported spike in need, […]

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe leader’s birthday party criticised

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe leader’s birthday party criticised

The event reportedly cost almost $800,000 (£575,000). The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) called the celebrations “obscene”. Mr Mugabe has dominated Zimbabwe politics since independence from the UK in 1980. The event, which was televised and featured schoolchildren reading poetry about the president, was held in the drought-stricken south eastern city of Masvingo. Birth […]

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