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01 Feb 2018 description
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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 May 2017 description
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Diagnosed HIV-positive two years ago, Kayana Kandagona* suffers regular episodes of dizziness. However, this is not the cause of the 34-year-old’s anxiety as she waits for a routine appointment at a faith-based organisation’s outpatient clinic in the Mozambican capital, Maputo.

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24 Mar 2016 description
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By Madalitso Kateta

The losers in a power struggle between the Mozambican government and opposition RENAMO party are the refugees that have streamed across the border into Malawi, fleeing insecurity and allegations of human rights violations by the army.

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29 Jan 2016 description
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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
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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.

07 Jul 2014 description
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04 Jul 2014 description
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By Philippa Garson


  • New tools needed to analyse organized crime

  • Criminal financing of state structures

  • Weak states open door to crime

  • Development-oriented solutions needed

29 Apr 2014 description
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KATHMANDU, 29 April 2014 (IRIN) - While some of the world’s poorest countries are still waiting for funds to help them adapt to climate change, others are implementing sophisticated plans without any funding, it emerged at the ongoing Eighth Community-based Adaptation International Conference in Kathmandu (24-30 April), which is focusing on finance.

04 Mar 2014 description
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BLANTYRE, 4 March 2014 (IRIN) - Since mid-January, an estimated 2,000 people have fled fighting between the government and former rebels in Mozambique, spilling into neighbouring Malawi, but they are yet to receive assistance as the Malawian government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) remain in disagreement about their status as asylum seekers.

UNCHR country representative George Kuchio said that his agency was ready to provide assistance but that the government had classified the new arrivals as returning Malawians.

25 Feb 2014 description
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ZVISHAVANE/MASVINGO/CHIVI, 25 February 2014 (IRIN) - With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be without food until the end of March. But had they had access to high-quality rain forecasts for their areas, communities could have better prepared for the period between harvests, experts say.

07 Feb 2014 description
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HARARE/JOHANNESBURG, 7 February 2014 (IRIN) - The rainy season, always welcome in often dry southern Africa, has brought with it favourable breeding conditions for army worms and red locusts. The crop-eating pests are contributing to the woes of subsistence farmers already struggling to recover from setbacks in the last farming cycle.

22 Jan 2014 description
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BEIRA, 22 January 2014 (IRIN) - Invasive species, illegal fishing practices and Mozambique’s difficulty in translating its rapid economic growth into jobs are squeezing the country’s small-scale fishing sector - a vital contributor to food security.

21 Nov 2013 description
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GORONGOSA, 21 November 2013 (IRIN) - The central Mozambique town of Gorongosa is living on the edge of bad memories. The threats by the Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (Renamo) to revive a civil war that killed up to a million people and displaced five million others is causing fear and suspicion among its residents.

11 Nov 2013 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 11 novembre 2013 (IRIN) - Selon une nouvelle série d’études, les facteurs de stress climatique comme les sécheresses et inondations récurrentes portent d’ores et déjà atteinte aux moyens de subsistance de certaines populations, affaiblissant leur capacité à s’adapter ou à améliorer leur vie.

Les auteurs ont exhorté les négociateurs qui se réuniront à Varsovie le 11 novembre, conformément à la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC), de redoubler d’efforts pour atténuer les effets du changement climatique.

30 Sep 2013 description
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DAKAR, 30 septembre 2013 (IRIN) - Les aliments de base enrichis, tels que la farine de blé et le sel, sont devenus courants dans les régions urbaines d'Afrique de l'Ouest en proie à la malnutrition. En revanche, la biofortification est un phénomène relativement récent dans la région. Cette technique - qui consiste à cultiver des légumes, des céréales et des légumes secs à forte teneur nutritive - devrait connaître une croissance explosive au cours des dix prochaines années, d'après les experts en sécurité alimentaire.

25 Sep 2013 description
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DAKAR, 25 September 2013 (IRIN) - While fortifying staple foods, such as wheat flour and salt, has become routine in urban parts of malnutrition-prone West Africa, bio-fortification - the breeding of more nutritious vegetables, grains and pulses - is still a relatively new phenomenon for the region, but it is set to explode over the next decade, say food security experts.

22 May 2013 description
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NIASSA, 22 May 2013 (IRIN) - A multi-million dollar "ethical" plantation development in northwestern Mozambique - the initiative of a clutch of Scandinavian faith-based organizations - has faced alleged acts of sabotage by the very people it was designed to assist, illustrating the divisions between foreign benefactors and local communities.

11 Apr 2013 description
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TETE, 11 April 2013 (IRIN) - It is 15.45 in the afternoon and two young women are already sitting outside the Night Clinic in Moatize, a small town in Mozambique's northern Tete Province, near one of the largest coal mines in the southern hemisphere, owned by Brazilian mining giant, Vale. The national 123 road cuts through the town, and the clinic lies just off it, intentionally located to bring its services as close as possible to its target patients: miners, truck drivers and sex workers.

25 Mar 2013 description
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TETE, 25 March 2013 (IRIN) - When foreign mining companies started arriving in Mozambique's northwestern Tete Province, people had high expectations that employment and prosperity would follow. "When the mining companies came to Tete, most people were happy. We thought that they would build new schools and a university, but that didn't happen," said Julio Calengo, of Liga dos Direitos Humanos (Human Rights League), a local NGO.

25 Mar 2013 description
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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.