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15 Jan 2018 description

The outbreak has killed 74 people since Oct. 4

LUSAKA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Zambia on Sunday relaxed rules imposed to curb the spread of cholera as the number of new cases being reported has halved, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said.

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12 Jan 2018 description

Zambia on Sunday declared a curfew in Kanyama township, which has been badly affected by a cholera outbreak

LUSAKA, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Police in Zambia arrested 55 people in Lusaka after residents rioted over a curfew and ban on street vending imposed to control a cholera outbreak, the government said on Friday.

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12 Jan 2018 description

Zambia is one of Namibia's top four trading partners.

WINDHOEK, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The Namibian government has provisionally banned the import of all perishable food, fish, fruits, unprocessed food and water from neighbouring Zambia, which has been hit by a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 60 lives so far.

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11 Jan 2018 description

Zambia on Wednesday started vaccinations against cholera targeting 2 million people

LUSAKA, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Zambia has closed its main passport offices in the capital, a hub which is always thronged with people, as part of measures to curb the spread of cholera which is sweeping the country, the government said.

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07 Jan 2018 description

Street vending and public gatherings have been banned in Lusaka to prevent the spread of cholera

LUSAKA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Zambia has declared a curfew in a poor Lusaka township badly affected by a cholera outbreak that has killed 58 people across the country since September, the government said on Sunday.

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30 Dec 2017 description

The outbreak has killed dozens and left more than 1,500 others sick

by Reuters
Saturday, 30 December 2017 07:08 GMT

LUSAKA, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has directed the military to help fight the spread of cholera, which has killed 41 people in the nation's capital and made more than 1,500 others sick since late September.

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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 …