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SOUTH AFRICA, which is the continent’s biggest corn producer and is suffering the worst drought in memory, may need to help neighboring Zimbabwe with corn supplies as a drought cuts yields throughout the region, a grains and oilseeds farmers’ body said.
Zimbabwe will probably produce 200,000 metric tons, said Grain SA, South Africa’s largest representative of corn farmers, which cited data from South Africa’s Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy.
A catastrophic failure of the Kariba Dam on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia would put three and a half million lives at risk and knock out forty per cent of southern Africa’s hydroelectricity supply, according to a recent report.
The report by the Institute of Risk Management of South Africa entitled “Impact of the Failure of the Kariba Dam” warned that 181 billion cubic metres of water could be released if the dam wall failed. Eight hours later this wall of water would hit and destroy the Cahora Bassa dam in central Mozambique.
by Thabani Dube
Southern African countries have pledged to work together to fight malaria through the Regional Network on Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
Armyworm outbreaks were reported in the first week of January, threatening to worsen the country’s already precarious food security.
The outbreak was first detected in Mashonaland Central and later on spread to other areas such as Mashonaland West, Manicaland, Midlands and Matabeleland North where hundreds of hectares of maize crop were reportedly destroyed.
The bulk of imported maize being supplied to hungry Zimbabweans is coming from former white commercial farmers evicted during the 2000 land invasions and now farming in Zambia.
Recipients of the government’s grain loan scheme in Matabeleland were last week shocked to discover that the names on the stickers on the grain bags were of former white farmers. Government has imported 300,000 tonnes of maize from Zambia.
A recent study in Zambia has found that increased respect for women improves household food security.
The study, published in the journal ‘Insights’, highlights the positive effect of changes in attitude to gender yield in Southern Africa.
From 2003 to 2008 researchers and development workers of the Agricultural Support Programme, largely funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, encouraged women and men to take joint responsibility for household food security.
Zambezi valley and its catchment areas in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi have caused a rapid rise in the water levels in the upper reaches of the Zambezi river.
In a statement on today, the ministry said it was worried about the people in Muzarabani who were vulnerable to flooding.
"The rapid rise in the water levels is likely to surpass that of cyclone Eline in 2000," the ministry said.
"We have joined the Ministry of Local Government in expediting the evacuation of villagers to higher ground as a matter of extreme emergency," said the ministry.The Ministry has …