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Sweet sorghum is a hardy, nutritious, biofuel crop that offers solutions in drought-hit southern Africa

Sweet sorghum ripening in Rwanda. Ari Beser/Getty Images       By Hamond Motsi, Stellenbosch University     The southern African region is battling with drought at present. This is the result of El Niño, a natural climate cycle characterised by changes in Pacific Ocean temperatures. It has effects on global weather patterns, particularly rainfall and temperature. The drought has hit the region’s agricultural productivity hard. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe have […]

todayMay 23, 2024 13


History for sale: what does South Africa’s struggle heritage mean after 30 years of democracy?

      By Duane Jethro, University of Cape Town   One of my favourite statues is the one of Nelson Mandela at the Sandton City shopping centre in Johannesburg. Larger than life, its oversized bronze shoes shimmer in the evening light, polished by the hands of many passersby who crowd around to take pictures with it. At the entrance of a square in the mall, it’s a jovial image […]

todayApril 24, 2024 8


Africa’s megacities threatened by heat, floods and disease – urgent action is needed to start greening and adapt to climate change

    By Meelan Thondoo, University of Cambridge   Cities cover just 3% of the planet. But they emit 78% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, absorb 80% of final global energy (what consumers use) and consume 60% of clean drinking water. African megacities like Lagos, Nigeria (with 21 million residents) and Cairo, Egypt (with 10 million residents) are experiencing significant temperature increases due to the urban heat island effect […]

todayApril 24, 2024 8


Insurance payouts expected for some Southern African drought hit countries

A drought driven by the El Nino weather pattern is likely to trigger insurance payouts to four southern African countries that took out cover with an agency of the African Union. Bloomberg reports that Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique will receive payments at the end of the harvesting season, according to current projections, African Risk Capacity said in a statement but the payments are unlikely to meet regional needs.

todayApril 22, 2024 15


Consultative meeting on public finance’s draft Bill underway at Otjiwarongo

    A one-day consultative meeting on the Public Finance Management’s Draft Bill, which is aimed at repealing the Finance State Act of 1991, officially commenced Thursday morning at Otjiwarongo. The meeting is being attended by chief executive officers from the local authority councils of Otjozondjupa and Kunene regions, as well as the directors in finance division and departments at the two regional councils. Some traditional authority leaders from the […]

todayApril 18, 2024 23


El Niño drought leaves Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba only 13% full: a disaster for people and wildlife

    By Joshua Matanzima, The University of Queensland   Water levels at Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe have dropped dramatically because of the latest El Niño drought. The country’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has declared a national disaster. Historian and social scientist Joshua Matanzima grew up at Lake Kariba and has spent the past 10 years researching socioeconomic life there. He discusses the impact of the latest drought on the people of […]

todayApril 15, 2024 19


Fasting is a key part of Ramadan, but for many Muslims, climate change is making food scarce all year

    By Nasya Bahfen, La Trobe University   Every Ramadan, volunteers at Westall Mosque and OneSpace in Melbourne hold free weekly iftars (communal dinners to break the fast in Ramadan). This year, volunteers say numbers are up. To cut down on the resulting landfill, attendees are asked to bring their own reusable food containers and water bottles. In dedicated bins, bottles and cans are collected and recycled under the […]

todayApril 2, 2024 11


Malawi aya ndja eingido lo paulumomumbwe, omolwo nghalo yo shikukuta.

Epangelo laMalawi ola yandja eingido lopaulumo mumbwe omolwo nghalo yoshikukuta moshilongo oyo yakuma konyala oshilongo ashishe. Oshikundaneki sho BBC osha shiivifa kutya, eshiivifo oleya moule womwedi eshi oushiindalongo woshilongo osho Zambia,  nasho sha yandja elombwelo la faafana. Oshilongo Zimbabwe,  nasho osha didilikwa yoo shili moupyakadi woilikolomwa ya halakanifwapo koikungulu yo paushitwe. OMupresient waMalawi' Lazarus Chakwera,  okwa pula opo ku kale kwa xwatununwa oshimaliwa shee   $200million,   moku ya ndja oma kwafelo […]

todayMarch 26, 2024 20


Africa’s horticultural exports surge on

    By Bonface Orucho, bird story agency   An upsurge in demand for horticultural products across global markets, particularly in Europe, spurred a significant increase in agricultural export revenues for several African countries last year. Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist at the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz), reported via his blog that South Africa's agricultural exports surged to a record US$13.2 billion in 2023, a 3% increase from […]

todayMarch 12, 2024 12