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Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:27 GMT

Author: Lelio Marmora, Executive Director of UNITAID

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Anton Chekhov, the great Russian playwright famous for his biting aphorisms, once said: any fool can handle a crisis, what wears you out is day- to- day living. It was a sharp insight into how emergencies fill us with energy and purpose, and a warning that it is much harder to persevere when immediate danger fades.

02 Dec 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:21 GMT
Author: Magda Mis

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation in southern Africa hampers the fight against HIV/AIDS by reducing the effectiveness of life-saving drugs, according to a study marking World AIDS Day.

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04 Jun 2014 description
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NATONGA, Zambia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Barotse floodplain in western Zambia stretches into the distance, dark swamp grasses framing ripples glittering in the light of the setting sun. For half of the year this vast area of 5,500 square kilometers is flooded by the swollen Zambezi River, bringing life-giving waters to the people who live on its swampy edge.

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01 Nov 2012 description
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By Geoffrey Kamadi

RONGAI, Kenya (AlertNet) - Small farmers across sub-Saharan Africa are turning to simple, affordable techniques to increase harvests and help them cope with climate extremes - from growing trees on their land, to keeping their soils healthy and making their own fertiliser.

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03 Oct 2012 description
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By Madalitso Mwando

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AlertNet) – Ambitious multi-billion dollar dam projects along the Zambezi River, carried out by southern African countries seeking to boost hydropower generation, could turn out to be white elephants because of growing climate challenges, experts say.

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Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:15 GMT
Source: Alertnet // Laurie Goering

By Laurie Goering

LONDON (AlertNet) - A shortage of job opportunities has slowed migration from rural to urban areas in many parts of Africa over the last two decades, and has even reversed it in a few cases, an expert on African demography says.

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27 Apr 2012 description
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By Thin Lei Win

Killer health problems such as diarrhoea, malnutrition, malaria and dengue are highly sensitive to climate change and could worsen in the coming decades, health experts agree. But how, where and to what extent remains unclear.

More than 140,000 lives lost per year - that’s the number of excess deaths global warming since the 1970s was causing by 2004, according to the World Health Organisation.

15 Apr 2011 description
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LONDON (AlertNet) – For African farmers struggling to cope with increasingly erratic conditions linked to climate change, there’s good – and bad - news.

The good news is that in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, scientists can now issue reasonably reliable seasonal climate forecasts a month or more in advance of the planting season, giving growers a chance to opt for different kinds of crops or other measures to adapt to upcoming conditions.

12 Apr 2011 description
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Source: Alertnet // Georgina Smith

LUSAKA (AlertNet) - Leaning on a post in the shade of a tree beside his thatched house, Moffat Mwale reflects proudly on his progress over the last two years. Having ditched animal poaching for organic farming, his vegetable produce is now stocked on supermarket shelves across the country.

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17 Nov 2009 description
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By Georgina Smith

LUSAKA, Zambia (AlertNet) - A Zambian conservation initiative that goes against conventional farming methods has tripled maize yields in some areas of the country, and shows promise both in protecting yields from extreme weather and in sequestering carbon emissions to help curb climate change, agricultural experts say.

Africa is expected to face increasing difficulty producing enough food as climate change brings more frequent droughts and floods.

But creating water-holding soil basins, reducing tilling and planting trees that help fertilize the soil may help the …

14 Apr 2009 description
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Written by: Frank Nyakairu

Zambia is considering declaring a state of emergency following the worst floods in 40 years which have wreaked havoc in the west and north-west of the country, affecting 700,000 people.

Unusually long and severe wet seasons over the last three years compounded by heavy rains in the past month have caused rivers to burst their banks, washing away roads and houses and flooding cropland.

"If the rains do not subside, internal government consultations are under way to see whether we shall have to declare a state of emergency," said Dominiciano …

25 Mar 2009 description
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Last reviewed: 25-03-2009

Major floods in late 2008 and 2009 have plunged southern Africa into a growing humanitarian crisis, killing dozens and displacing thousands.

The Zambezi River Basin is affected annually by floods, bringing death and disease to those living along the banks. The fourth largest river in Africa, has its source in Zambia and flows through Angola, back into Zambia, and along the borders of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to Mozambique, where it empties into the Indian Ocean.

With no sign of a let-up in the rainy weather, there are growing fears the flooding …

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By Ruth Gidley