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23 Sep 2017 description

Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million forced to flee homes in eastern DRC since the start of an insurrection nearly a year ago

LUSAKA, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces have been killing civilians in an insurgency-hit region, prompting the latest influx of refugees into northern Zambia, a senior U.N. official said, citing accounts of asylum seekers.

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22 Sep 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 22 September 2017 13:09 GMT

LUSAKA, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Zambia fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entered its territory in one month, the presidency said on Friday.

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06 Feb 2017 description

by Reuters
Monday, 6 February 2017 00:01 GMT

The armyworm is destroying young maize plants across Africa and could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Scientists tracking a crop-destroying caterpillar known as armyworm say it is now spreading rapidly across mainland Africa and could reach tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade.

31 Jan 2017 description

The outbreak has hit crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi

  • Samples being tested for confirmation

  • Outbreak has hit crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi

  • Damage can leave maize plants looking like broom sticks

By Ed Stoddard

24 Jan 2017 description

Malawi's maize crop, the staple grain, was devastated last year by the regional drought

LILONGWE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - An infestation of armyworms, a pest that has hit maize fields in southern Africa, has spread across Malawi, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

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12 Jan 2017 description

Malawi's outbreak follows one in neighbouring Zambia, where the military has been deployed to battle the bugs, and Zimbabwe

LILONGWE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Malawi, which was hit by a crippling drought last year, has become the third southern African nation to report an outbreak of armyworms, a voracious pest that devours maize and other crops.

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02 Oct 2015 description
  • Warming in Pacific triggers extreme weather around globe

  • Extended drought seen in southern Africa, floods in east

  • Millions face hunger in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe

By Ed Stoddard

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Standing waist-deep in a hole, South African maize farmer Tom van Rooyen digs at the side with a small pickaxe.

"There is moisture 25 centimetres down but nothing beyond that. If we get below-average rains, it will be a disaster," he said, wiping the red dust from his calloused hands.

19 Nov 2013 description
  • Lack of rain delays planting of Zambia's staple food crop

  • Small-scale farmers may have to resort to lower-yielding strains

  • GDP growth already affected by lower 2013 harvest

By Ed Stoddard and Chris Mfula

KABANGWE, Zambia, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Zambia's staple food crop, maize, looks set to be significantly dented next year by a lack of rain that is delaying planting.

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24 Oct 2013 description
  • Zambia, Angola cut GDP forecast because of drought

  • Despite resource wealth, agriculture remain big employer

  • Normal rains expected for 2013/14 season - famine network

By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Shrikesh Laxmidas

JOHANNESBURG/LUANDA Oct 24 (Reuters) - Spells of drought in southern African this year have hit agricultural output and hurt economic growth in countries such as Zambia and Angola, underscoring the lingering importance of farming to the resource-rich region's prosperity.

09 Oct 2012 description

Tue, 9 Oct 2012 00:01 GMT

By Alister Doyle

OSLO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa is at only 10 to 25 percent of its potential and nations can easily grow more to limit hunger, price shocks and political instability, a study showed on Tuesday.

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10 Apr 2012 description

By Lesley Wroughton

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Leaders of the world's industrial powers should commit to boost agriculture investments in poor countries and end hunger and malnutrition among the poor when they meet outside Washington in May, a group co-founded by anti-poverty campaigners and rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof said on Tuesday.

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12 Apr 2011 description

BRUSSELS, April 11 (Reuters) - Donors' decision to suspend $180 million of aid to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria could hit efforts to combat the diseases, the fund's chief said on Monday.

Germany, Spain and Denmark temporarily stopped payments to the Geneva-based fund earlier this year after hearing reports donations had been misused.

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17 Feb 2011 description

LUSAKA, Zambia (AlertNet) - Almost a year since flood waters wrought havoc on the Zambian capital, Lusaka is bracing for more of the same as poor urban planning exacerbates the effects of changing weather patterns.

Lusaka was inundated in March 2010.

26 Aug 2010 description

26 Aug 2010 00:01:05 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Drought tolerant maize boosts yields up to 25 percent

* Gains from full adoption: $907 million - $1.53 billion

* Africa suffers worsening drought linked to climate change

By Tim Cocks

ABIDJAN, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Distributing new varieties of drought tolerant maize to African farmers could save more than $1.5 billion dollars, boost yields by up to a quarter and lift some of the world's poorest out of poverty, a study found.

The study published on Thursday by the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre …

17 Aug 2010 description
  • Measles outbreaks in Africa are the worst for years

    * Rising death toll shows what happens when guard is dropped

    * Funding gap of $59 million must be closed to halt spread

    By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent

    LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The worst outbreaks of measles in years are infecting thousands and killing hundreds across Africa and offer tragic evidence of what happens when health authorities drop their guard on this highly contagious disease.

    Health experts say dramatic success in the past decade in boosting global measles vaccination cover and …

26 Jun 2010 description

Zambia says donors must not interfere with internal affairs

* Statement could harm relations with donors

LUSAKA, June 26 (Reuters) - Zambia President Rupiah Banda on Saturday accused donors of blackmail after the Global Fund suspended health assistance and the European Union halted aid for road construction citing corruption in the country.

"We must not allow donors to feel they can interfere in the internal affairs of this country because it is a sovereign and independent state," Banda said on state-owned radio ZNBC.

"We did not ask anyone to fund the road …

15 Jun 2010 description

15 Jun 2010 15:52:58 GMT

* More than $300 million frozen

* Global Fund worried about fraud

* Freeze to affect AIDS, TB, Malaria programmes

By Chris Mfula

LUSAKA, June 15 (Reuters) - The Global Fund has suspended more than $300 million in health assistance to Zambia because of concerns about corruption -- the latest graft scandal to hit President Rupiah Banda before an election due next year.

The freeze, which is likely to affect the southern African country's fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, comes a year after Sweden and the Netherlands suspended $33 …

15 Mar 2010 description

15 Mar 2010 15:15:54 GMT

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LUANDA, March 15 (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed by floods in Angola and neighbouring Zambia, officials said on Monday.

Twelve people were killed after heavy rain caused flooding, landslides and house collapses in Angola's capital, Luanda, the city's vice-governor said.

Torrential downpours also hit Zambia, where eight people died and hundreds more were displaced as floods swept away roads, bridges and government buildings, disaster officials said.

The rain, which began early on Monday, left dozens of Angolans …

01 Dec 2009 description

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, almost 60 million people have been infected with HIV and 25 million people have died of HIV-related causes.

As World Aids Day is marked on Tuesday, globally some 33.4 million people were living with HIV.

05 Oct 2009 description
  • Donors may freeze Zambia budget support over graft

    - Government could be forced to raise some taxes

    - Education and health sectors might be worst hit

    By Shapi Shacinda

    JOAHANNESBURG, Oct 5 (Reuters)

  • Some Western donors may withhold key financing for Zambia's 2010 budget due to claims the government is being soft on corruption, officials said on Monday.

    Analysts and a senior Treasury source involved with budget preparations said donor concerns about corruption, and a change in the fiscal cycle, had raised fears that Zambia might be forced to announce higher …