In a village in Nyamagabe, Rwanda, the community have built a water pond that serves a communal garden now benefitting twenty five families.
While Rwanda benefits from two rainy seasons, because of its location in the equatorial region, climate change has had a big impact. Rainfall has become more erratic and the rainy seasons are shorter. Water harvesting schemes like these help maximise the use of the water that is available.
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By Nelly Maonde, Zimbabwe Livelihoods & Humanitarian Programme Officer.
Every year, life gets more difficult for Matthew Sibanda. This 66-year-old farmer has lived all his life in the Matobo region of southern Zimbabwe, but he says he has never experienced a climate as difficult as in recent years.
“As far as I remember, I have never experienced such hot temperatures,” he says. “For a long time, my piece of land was considered a fertile wetland which always gave me good yield to feed my family but this is now history.”
Posted by Eoghan Rice
A short sunny spell in Ireland has already led to calls for people to be careful how much water they use in case of shortages.
Just as the freeze of two winter’s ago led to frozen pipes in many Irish homes, even the possibility of water shortages this summer reminds us of just how dependant we are on functioning taps. Cooking, washing and cleaning all require easy access to water – when that access stops, normal life grinds to a halt very quickly.
Chronic food and water shortages in northern Kenya are fuelling inevitable conflict between communities as groups compete for the ever-decreasing resources available, Trocaire has warned.
With most animals in the region having died and water sources having completely dried-up, desperation is fuelling conflict as communities attempt to survive. Disputes over access to water and theft of the few remaining healthy animals are now commonplace, with over 50 people having been killed in conflict along the Kenya-Ethiopia border over the last three months alone.