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01 Feb 2018 description

Tonderayi Mukeredzi

Southern and East African countries are facing a severe cholera outbreak that is exposing the failure in public sanitation and the impact of government neglect.

Last year, there were more than 109,442 cholera cases resulting in 1,708 deaths in 12 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR), according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

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17 Mar 2017 description

By Obi Anyadike, Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods.

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29 Jan 2016 description

Nairobi, 29 janvier 2016 (IRIN) - Cette année, l’Afrique australe est confrontée au risque de mauvaises récoltes, car les précipitations ont atteint leur niveau le plus bas dans une région où 29 millions de personnes vivent déjà sans un accès fiable à une alimentation bon marché et nourrissante en quantité suffisante.

« Les perspectives sont alarmantes, car plusieurs zones n’ont connu que peu ou pas de précipitations et la fenêtre de plantation des céréales se ferme rapidement ou s’est déjà fermée dans certains pays », a mis en garde le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).

28 Jan 2016 description

By Obi Anyadike, Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food.

“With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming,” the World Food Programme has warned.

25 Mar 2013 description

JOHANNESBURG, 25 March 2013 (IRIN) - South Africa's gold mines are estimated to have the highest number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, making the disease a leading export to neighbouring countries. IRIN takes a look at the declaration meant to change this situation.

In August 2012, heads of state from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) agreed to sign the SADC Declaration on TB in the Mining Sector, following endorsements by their national ministers for health, labour and justice.

17 Dec 2012 description

JOHANNESBURG, 17 December 2012 (IRIN) - Prolonged dry spells have driven almost four million people to food insecurity in Malawi and oil-rich Angola, in Southern Africa. Humanitarian aid agencies have been trying to shine a spotlight on crises in the region, even as the situations in Syria and the Sahel continue to dominate headlines.

06 Jan 2012 description

JOHANNESBURG, 6 January 2012 (IRIN) - Several thousand Angolan returnees from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are stranded by floods in northeastern Angola. They are among the first casualties of what promises to be a very wet rainy season in parts of southern Africa.

25 Jun 2009 description

JOHANNESBURG, 25 June 2009 (IRIN) - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched a USD$ 8 million initiative to help build the disaster resilience of 600,000 people living along the Zambezi river in seven southern African countries.

The Zambezi River Basin Initiative (ZRBI) is a response to "a dramatic increase in the numbers of floods along the river basin" according to Farid Abdulkadir, IFRC disaster management coordinator for the southern Africa region.

At 2,574 kilometers, the Zambezi is Africa's fourth largest river.

28 Mar 2008 description

JOHANNESBURG, 28 March 2008 (IRIN) - With no end in sight to rising global food prices, families across southern Africa are being forced to tighten their belts.

"Everything is very expensive - we are now living on borrowed money," Towela Ngwira, a shopper at a market in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, told IRIN.

02 Jan 2008 description

JOHANNESBURG, 2 January 2008 (IRIN) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) is warning of the possibility of above average malaria transmission levels in the region this season prompted by unusually high wet conditions because of the climate phenomenon called La Niña.

"Malaria is a climate sensitive disease and for this time of the year we have experienced uncommonly heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of southern Africa," said Joaquim Da Silva, WHO's Malaria Epidemics & Emergency Officer in the region.

La Niña is characterised by unusually cold ocean temperatures in …

10 Dec 2007 description

BALI, 10 December 2007 (IRIN) - Increasing pressure caused by climate change on essential resources like water could not only trigger domestic conflicts but also have a destabilising effect globally, warn UN officials.

"It is not far-fetched to begin to see growing tensions; not far fetched to think climate change will globally have a destabilising effect," said Achim Steiner, Executive Secretary of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), who drew a scenario in which countries heavily affected by climate change would blame those not seen as doing enough to cut …

25 Sep 2007 description

JOHANNESBURG, 25 September 2007 (IRIN) - While increasingly grim forecasts predict agricultural declines in southern Africa due to climate change, a farming method called Conservation Agriculture (CA) is showing promise for subsistence farmers who are already struggling with poor food security.

A recent study by economist William R. Cline, 'Global Warming and Agriculture: Impact Estimates by Country,' predicts a 39-47 percent decline in agriculture in southern Africa by 2080 if greenhouse gases escalate at their current pace.

08 Mar 2007 description

JOHANNESBURG, 8 March 2007 (IRIN) - After months of erratic weather, relief agencies are again predicting widespread food shortages throughout southern Africa, where cyclones, extreme drought and flooding have devastated the harvests of millions of people.

"All indications are that southern Africa could be heading for yet another year of critical food shortages," said Amir Abdulla, Regional Director for Southern Africa of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in a statement released today.

Torrential rains have drowned ripening harvests in Angola, Madagascar, …

31 Jan 2007 description

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NAIROBI, 31 January (IRIN) - A drought-tolerant maize seed has been launched in a bid to boost food security in African countries.

"Giving more African farmers good seeds that can tolerate erratic weather patterns and yield [greater] crops will foster development on the African continent," said Wilfred Mwangi, project leader with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), during the launch in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday.

The project, which is based at the …

09 Aug 2006 description

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14 Feb 2006 description

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28 Jun 2005 description

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MAUN, 28 June (IRIN) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has moved a step closer to forming a rapid response brigade for deployment in peacekeeping operations and hotspots on the continent and elsewhere.

At the end of the multinational Exercise Thokgamo (Setswana for serenity) in Maun on Thursday the regional bloc's executive secretary, Dr Prega Ramsamy, said SADC had demonstrated its commitment to play a positive role in the establishment and maintenance of a peaceful, stable and secure …

19 May 2005 description

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JOHANNESBURG, 19 May (IRIN) - Declining food production in Southern Africa has shifted the region's focus to improving small-scale farmers' access to agricultural inputs like fertilisers.

"For each kilogramme of fertiliser applied per hectare, a minimum yield of more than 3 kg of grain can be produced.

14 Jul 2004 description

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15 Apr 2004 description

JOHANNESBURG, 15 April (IRIN) - South Africa's exportable surplus maize should be enough to cover commercial shortfalls in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Mozambique, according to a briefing published by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).