- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Zambia: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Zambia: Floods - Jan 2013
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Mar 2010
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2008
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2007
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.
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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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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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.
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.
Scientists are calling for urgent action to contain the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa.
Researchers tracking a crop-destroying caterpillar known as the fall 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.
The fall armyworm moth has dark-gray, mottled forewings with light and dark splotches, and a noticeable white spot near the extreme end of each.
HARARE — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is holding an emergency regional meeting in Zimbabwe on the spread of army worms in southern Africa, which is already struggling with food shortages. The pests are destroying crops in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
FAO coordinator for southern Africa Chimimba David Phiri said the meeting is aimed at finding a strategy to contain the situation.
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.
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
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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BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe are urging farmers to act fast with pesticides to halt the spread of army worms now threatening crops.
Army worms are a common pest, but this year's invasion has sparked particular concern.
In those three countries alone, the worms have destroyed thousands of hectares of maize — a staple food. El Nino-induced drought and flooding destroyed much of the previous two harvests, leaving nearly 30 million people in the region in need of food assistance.
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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Zambia says it will accord Rwandan refugees, who were recently targeted in xenophobic attacks, special refugee status, even as Rwanda maintains that some of them are on the wanted list of genocide suspects.
In April, hundreds of Rwandan refugees were attacked by locals who accused them of engaging in ritual killings. They fled to the Rwandan High Commission in Lusaka, as their shops and properties were ransacked by marauding gangs.
By MICHAEL CHAWE
Zambia's capital Lusaka was calm Thursday morning following two days of protests and looting that targeted mostly foreign-owned shops in the slums.
Several local radio stations and newspapers reported that the calm had prevailed from Wednesday evening.
The xenophobic attacks were caused by ritual killings that have hit the capital in the past few weeks.
President Edgar Lungu ordered a special unit of the Zambia Army to step in and quell the protests, which were seemingly escalating, resulting in two deaths.
Rifat Atun, Angela Y Chang, Osondu Ogbuoji, Sachin Silva, Stephen Resch, Jan Hontelez, Till Bärnighausen
Objectives To estimate the present value of current and future funding needed for HIV treatment and prevention in 9 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries that account for 70% of HIV burden in Africa under different scenarios of intervention scale-up. To analyse the gaps between current expenditures and funding obligation, and discuss the policy implications of future financing needs.
HARARE—Zimbabwe is one of four southern African countries rolling out free HIV self-testing kits this month.
Experts say making it easier for people to find out their status will curb the spread of HIV, but others worry that testing without adequate counseling and treatment options will have little impact.
Despite the concerns, Zimbabwe is optimistic that self-testing kits can help it prevent new HIV infections.
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.
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.
By Friday Phiri
PEMBA, Southern Zambia, Oct 31 2015 (IPS) - It is slightly after 10 o’clock in the morning and 48-year-old Felix Muchimba of Siamuleya village in Pemba district has just finished having breakfast – a traditional drink called Chibwantu, made of maize meal and grit.
Nutritionally, the drink does not offer much except energy for the day’s work. Normally, the next meal should be one o’clock, followed by the final meal of the day taken in the evening.
By Mzizi Kabiba
KAMPALA, Uganda, Oct 23 2015 (IPS) - Sixty-five years after a major international summit here on malaria, the mosquito-borne disease remains a scourge and its incidence may even be rising in parts of sub-Saharan Africa due to the combined effects of climate change, agricultural practices and population displacement.
Almost half the world’s population is deemed at risk of malaria, and an estimated 214 million people will contract it in 2015, with nearly half a million dying.