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Agribusiness / Food in Zimbabwe

  • ‘Betting on Africa to Feed the World’ – AfDB president Adesina

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/17 The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration.
  • Zimbabwe: 'So Many Questions' - Zim Bans Polystyrene, but Are There Alternatives?

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/07/17 Zimbabwe says a ban on polystyrene food packaging has come into force with immediate result in a bid to curb environmental and health hazards associated with the material. But a lot of are wondering if local producers and users of kaylite (as it's known locally) can they find alternatives quickly enough. In a public notice published on its Facebook page, Zimbabwe's national Environmental Management Agency (EMA) said the ban was "with immediate result".
  • Africa: How to Adapt to Beat Crippling Droughts

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/17 Right presently, 14 million people across southern Africa face going hungry due to the prolonged drought brought on by the strongest El Niño in 50 years. South Africa will import half of its maize and in Zimbabwe as a lot of as 75 % of crops have been abandoned in the worst-hit areas. With extreme weather, such as failed rains, and drought projected to become additional likely as a result of climate change, some farmers are by presently taking matters into their own hands, and pro-actively diversifying the crops they grow.
  • Africa And Middle East Famines: How China Can Do More

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 The unprecedented outbreak of famine early this year in Africa and the Middle East can be traced to conflict as the root cause. Can China step in to help mitigate the calamity through its Belt and Road initiative? Famine broke out in South Sudan in March 2017. At around the same time, the United Nations announced that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were as well on the verge of being hit by long draught, putting around 20 million at risk of starvation. The UN described this as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and appealed to the international community to donate US$4.4 billion — with little success.
  • Africa: Factbox-World's Major Famines of the Last 100 Years

    BOTSWANA, 2017/03/12 People are currently starving to death in four nations, and 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday nearly 1.4 million children were at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine was formally declared on Monday in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. People are by presently starving to death in all four nations, and the World Food Programme says additional than 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months. The United Nations defines famine as at the same time as at least 20 % of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 %, and two or additional people per 10,000 are dying per day.
  • Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

    ZIMBABWE, 2016/07/27 Zimbabwe has started rolling out a $500 million program to boost corn production to meet domestic food request. The three-year plan is aimed at raising plantings and expanding irrigation to increase production of the dietary staple to 2 million metric tons a year, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told reporters on Monday. The country harvested 742,000 tons of corn in the 2014-15 season, less than the 1.8 million tons needed by the Zimbabwean people.
  • Zimbabwean farmer digs out weeds from a maize crop.

    ZAMBIA, 2016/05/22 As recently as March, Zambian Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda predicted a shrinking harvest this year due to erratic rains. The government was considering importing maize to cover a potential deficit, he said and, faced with food shortages, Zambian officials had even banned the export of corn and corn products on 5 April. The new announcement came as a amaze to a lot of people in Zambia and the rest of the region. The current El Nino weather phenomenon has been affecting the region for a while, with over 60 million people suffering its consequences, according to the United Nations.
  • Zimbabwe: Treasury Avails U.S.$18 Million for Grain Payments

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/12/20 Treasury has released $17,8 million to the Grain Marketing Board to pay farmers for maize delivered during the 2015/16 farming season and to clear payments for wheat delivered between 2007 and 2009. Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr Joseph Made, yesterday said $13,715 million was for payments of the maize delivered by farmers to the GMB depots during the 2015/16 marketing season while the $4,1 million was for the wheat delivered between 2007 and 2009. "The money has been released to GMB to result the payments to maize and wheat farmers this week. There was an outstanding all for wheat farmers who had delivered their grain between 2007 and 2009 and had not been paid. The release of the money presently settles the outstanding balance.
  • Zimbabwe: More Farmers Register to Grow Tobacco

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/02/13 At least 88 640 farmers have registered to grow tobacco this year, up from 87 281 last year, although 26 375 who sold the crop last year have not from presently on listed, the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board has said. In its weekly statement, the TIMB said at least 16 540 new farmers had registered. The TIMB said the number of new communal farmers this season dropped from 16 936 last year to 10 105 while the number of new A1 farmers rose from 4 056 last year to 5 347 this year.