Category archives for: Food & Drinks

Zimbabwe food stocks might run out in February

Sorghum crop

from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – HALF of Zimbabwe’s population enduring hunger faces a bleak future amid fears humanitarian agencies’ food reserves could run out in February. The aid agencies are battling lack of funds for relief operations. Eight million people are in danger of the crisis triggered by prolonged drought […]

Maize prices rising beyond reach of vulnerable Mozambicans

Maize

from ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique Mozambique Bureau MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – THE escalating price of the staple maize – it has doubled in some regions impacting negatively on poor households, mostly still recovering from a series of shocks this year. These shocks include cyclones, drought, floods and insecurity. In the Gorongosa area, a hotbed […]

Sweet rewards for Zimbabwe’s productive new sugar farmers

Agenella Mugauri in her sugar cane field was voted Best Female Farmer in Mkwasine Estates for improving her yields from 50 to 82 tonnes. Photo by Nyengeterai Chipunza, CAJ News

from NYENGETERAI CHIPUNZA in Mkwasine, Zimbabwe MKWASINE, (CAJ News) – THANKS to a land reform programme and loans by a leading finance house, black farmers in the Lowveld are playing a pivotal role in reviving the sugarcane industry. And, they are reaping the rewards for their efforts. The most successful of these farmers have been […]

Mega investment commercialises Malawi small-scale farming

Malawi flag

from MAVHUTO BANDA in Lilongwe, Malawi LILONGWE, (CAJ News) – WHILE agriculture is the backbone of Malawi’s economy, half of all the farmers cultivate less than one hectare, making it hard for them to produce a surplus for market. The impact of climate change, which contributes to the slow rate of poverty reduction, compounds the […]

Locust invasion grips vulnerable East Africa

Desert locusts

from ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – EAST Africa is on the brink of a prolonged food insecurity crisis amid fears the desert locust invasion in Ethiopia and Somalia will spread to neighbouring countries. Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan and Sudan are at risk of the invasion. The pest has […]

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