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13 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

12 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Oct 12 2017 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are increasingly becoming food insecure as delayed and insufficient rainfall, as well as crop damaging pests such as the ongoing outbreak of the fall armyworm, cause the most severe maize crisis in the last decade.

Experts have warned that as weather patterns become even more erratic and important crops such as maize are unable to resist the fall armyworm infestation, there will not be enough food on the table.

04 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

18 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)

Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.

15 Jun 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationKatelyn Faulkner, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Pretoria
Brett Hurley, Senior Lecturer Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria
Mark Robertson, Associate Professor Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria

This article is the first in a series The Conversation Africa is running on invasive species.

20 May 2017 description

Five cholera treatment centres installed in the most affected provinces have already been dismantled

MAPUTO, May 19 (Reuters) - Mozambique has declared an end to a cholera epidemic that was triggered by heavy rains and infected more than 2,000 people, a senior government official said on Friday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

04 Apr 2017 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON — Several countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including Zimbabwe, on Monday evening experienced an earth tremor described by a seismologist as out of the ordinary.

Times Live of South Africa, quoting TMG Digital, reported the tremor measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale in Gauteng occurred earlier in the day in Krugersdorp on the West Rand of Gauteng before another one hit in the evening.

18 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Malawi has started registering new cases of cholera in areas bordering Mozambique, one week after the government in Malawi warned of a cholera outbreak in the neighboring country.

The disease — an acute diarrheal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium — affects children and adults, and can kill within hours if left untreated.

Malawi last registered cholera cases in 2015, but now health authorities in Malawi say they have found new cases at a health center in Nsanje district bordering Mozambique.

16 Feb 2017 description

The storm has brought heavy rain and winds, raising the risk of flooding and crop damage in Mozambique

MAPUTO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Tropical storm Dineo has killed seven people in Mozambique since it hit the eastern coast on Wednesday, the government's disaster centre said on Thursday.

The storm, has brought heavy rain and winds of up to 160 km an hour (100 mph), raising the risk of flooding and crop damage in the impoverished southern African country.

03 Jan 2017 description

Early last year, tens of thousands of Mozambicans fled across the border into Malawi to escape violence and alleged human rights abuses

  • Ceasefire extended till March 4 after call with president

  • Govt, rebels fighting over results of 2014 vote

  • Mozambique on verge of developing huge gas reserves

By Manuel Mucari

21 Dec 2016 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationCristiano D'Orsi, University of Johannesburg

22 Jul 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

by Azad Essa and Sorin Furcoi

Refugees fleeing fighting in Mozambique struggle to come to terms with life in the camps of Malawi.

Mwanza, Malawi - It is a chilly morning in Kapise. The mist has lifted over the hills, deep in Malawi's southwestern district of Mwanza. But this transit camp, which hosts thousands of Mozambican refugees, is still damp from the early morning dew.

Read the full article on Al Jazeera.

15 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

Patricia Mudadigwa

Thirty-six years after independence, villagers along the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border are still being seriously affected by landmines planted during the war of liberation of the 1970s by the Rhodesian security forces to stop freedom fighters from entering the country.

In several areas, some of the minefields are being cleared by a non-governmental organization, which is giving the villagers a new lease of life.

24 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

Anita Powell
May 23, 2016 2:49 PM

JOHANNESBURG—
Severe food shortages in southern Africa are expected to grow dramatically worse by year's end, unless the world does something soon.

African aid experts say they worry that the continent’s crippling drought may fall behind crises in conflict-ravaged nations like Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, as international aid officials converge this week for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

25 Feb 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Charity Chimungu Phiri

18 Feb 2016 description
report The Guardian

As southern Africa grapples with devastating drought, maize fields lie empty, the soil is like sand and water must be shared between cattle and people

It rained in Mbalavala two weeks ago. The clouds built up from the south, a shower cleared the dusty air, but then, cruelly, it stopped after an hour. For a moment, the 120 families who live in the southern Mozambican village thought their two-year drought was ending.

06 Feb 2016 description

45 people have died in the storms and floods which have hit parts of northern Mozambique since the start of the current rainy season in October.

Speaking at a Maputo press conference on 5 February, the director of the National Operational Emergency Centre (CENOE), Mauricio Xerinda, said that the deaths were caused by high winds, lightning strikes, and floods resulting from torrential rains.

Since October, the number of people affected by flooding is around 26,000. Over this period, 1,202 houses have been destroyed and a further 3,941 have been damaged.

25 Jan 2016 description

Source: Reuters - Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:49 GMT

Author: Reuters

  • Refugees report government forces, opposition clashes

  • Around 3,500 Mozambicans refugees in Malawi camp

  • Security experts concerned violence could worsen

  • Unrest could deter investment in potential gas hub

By Joe Brock

KAPISE, Malawi, Jan 22 (Reuters) - When Mozambican troops hunting opposition fighters attacked his village this week, 10-year-old Wit Messenger turned and ran, leaving behind parents he may never see again.

12 Jan 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, 20 déc (IPS) - La contamination par l'aflatoxine est une menace croissante pour le commerce, la sécurité alimentaire et la santé en Afrique subsaharienne, où les petits fermiers font face au défi de la production alimentaire et maintenant le changement climatique, selon des chercheurs.

13 Nov 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Ten primary schools in the western Mozambican province of Tete, near the border with Malawi, have been closed since the end of June, due to the presence nearby of gunmen of the former rebel movement Renamo, reports the Maputo daily “Noticias”.

The schools are in the Chabaene and Monjo areas in Tsangano and Moatize districts. The closures are depriving 10,585 children of their education.