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Christian leaders in Zimbabwe urge aid for drought-affected

Nairobi, Kenya Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are urging the government, non-government organisations, and well-wishers to intervene by helping millions of residents affected by the prolonged drought. The Southern African nation of more than 16 million people is experiencing an El Nino-induced drought that has scorched crops and left millions hungry. The country’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa […]

Zimbabwe goes hungry as crops wither amid El Nino drought

Buhera, Zimbabwe Reuters Residents of the Zimbabwean village of Buhera stood in groups at a primary school waiting to be called by name to receive life-saving handouts of grain, peas and cooking oil. “We are grateful, but the food will only be enough for one month,” said Mushaikwa, 71, who lives with her elderly husband, […]

Prolonged drought deepens Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

Afghan men carry harvested wheat in a drought-hit field in Balkh province, Afghanistan, on 4th August, 2023.

Nahr-e-Shahi, AfghanistanReuters In parched brown hills in north Afghanistan, Abdul Hahad tears stalks of wheat out of the arid earth. In the third year of water shortages and high temperatures, his harvest is barely enough to support his family. The 55-year-old farmer from Nahr-e-Shahi district in Balkh province used to plant two or even three […]

Dying lands: Farmers fight to save the “skin of the Earth”

China Jiangxi crops

ROD NICKEL, AYENAT MERSIE, DAVID STANWAY and XIAOYU YIN, of Reuters, report on how human efforts to preserve soil are proving no match for increasingly extreme weather, which is damaging the living system and depleting its ability to produce food…

Pests on the march as climate change fans the spread of crop destroyers

Somalia locusts 2020

Nairobi, KenyaThomson Reuters Foundation Ravenous pests are on the march to colder regions as climate change lures crop eaters to new territories, threatening jobs and exacerbating world hunger, the United Nations said on Wednesday. From fall armyworms to desert locusts, the pests mostly menace crops in hot countries but the rise in world temperatures was […]