Acute food insecurity soars to five-year high, warns Global Report on Food Crises

Acute food insecurity soars to five-year high, warns Global Report on Food Crises

ROME – The number of people facing acute food insecurity and needing urgent life and livelihood-saving assistance has hit a five-year high in 2020 in countries beset by food crises, an annual report launched today by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) – an international alliance of the UN, the EU, governmental and non-governmental agencies working to tackle food crises together – has found. Conflict, economic shocks – including due to COVID-19, extreme weather – pushed at least 155 million people into acute food insecurity in 2020. The stark…

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Africa join hands in fighting food insecurity

Africa join hands in fighting food insecurity

By Wellington Zimbowa AFRICA gears to double agriculture production through a joint US$17 billion pledge to boost food security amid worrying revelations that about 300 million of her people sleep on empty stomachs, every day. A recent press statement by the African Development Bank (AfDB), disclosed this following a two-day high–level dialogue, running under the theme: “Feeding Africa: Leadership to scale up successful innovations”. “African countries commit to double agricultural productivity as development banks and partners pledge over US$17billion to increase food security. “A coalition of multilateral development banks and…

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Government incorporates youths to meet NDCs target

Government incorporates youths to meet NDCs target

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka GOVERNMENT has coopted youths in reviewing its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which aim to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita, by 33 percent (%), below the projected Business-As-Usual (BAU) scenario by 2030, with a view of coming up with a position paper on NDCs processes and recommendations for consideration. The immediate process of revising the NDCs provides an opportunity to support collaboration amongst government agencies and increase mutual understanding amongst government, industry and the community for top-priority actions, as well as, the roles and responsibilities…

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Government, FAO launch Lake Kariba fishery project cooperation

Government, FAO launch Lake Kariba fishery project cooperation

By Edward Mukaro STRONGER institutional collaboration and coordination amongst all parties in the Technical Cooperation Programme between the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for enhanced community resilience and sustainability of small-scale fisheries of Lake Kariba, has been described as critical for the nation to effectively implement the fishery project, which is expected to help spur economic growth, while eradicating poverty. The FAO responded to the government’s appeal of support in ecosystem-based management and utilisation of inland fisheries resources. Currently, approximately 80 percent (%) of…

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Government opens door for youths participation in climate change fight

Government opens door for youths participation in climate change fight

Nesia Mhaka GOVERNMENT has opened floodgates of opportunities and empower the participation and contributions of young people in climate change processes, and administration that intensifies efforts to reconstruct the country’s green economy in a sustainable way by 2030. As young people have gained increasing prominence on the international development agenda, so too has the issue of their participation and contribution to national developmental processes. Globally, there is increasing recognition that young people do not only have the right to decide how resources are allocated, but that they also have valuable…

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Gvt initiated pasture development program to benefit 5 Provinces

Gvt initiated pasture development program to benefit 5 Provinces

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka GOVERNMENT has initiated a pasture development programme through the Presidential Livestock Inputs Scheme, which is meant to improve livestock nutrition in drought-prone districts of the country. The programme is targeting five (5) provinces, namely: Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Masvingo, Midlands and Manicaland. Moreover, Government will accelerate rehabilitation of existing irrigation infrastructure and the development of new irrigation infrastructure, where water bodies are available, including reviewing communal irrigation models to improve water and irrigation infrastructure management and transform farming from subsistence to market-oriented business, which is in line…

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Bumper harvest to enhance increased household disposable income

Bumper harvest to enhance increased household disposable income

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka MAIZE and Millet farmers in Bulilima District expect a bumper 2020/21 harvest widely expected to improve households disposable income, a sharp contrast to the period of perennial crop losses in recent years, as a result of the prolonged droughts experienced by the country. The excellent rains enjoyed by the country coupled with the good rains saw most households planting both maize and millet in a region where small grain crops are predominately grown. According to a statement by Habakkuk Trust, “The heavy rains that engulfed Bulilima have…

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“Be wary of post harvest losses” – farmers warned

“Be wary of post harvest losses” – farmers warned

By Nomthandazo Gabi COMING from a period of incessant droughts, Zimbabwe is expecting to experience a bumper harvest of about 2.5 million to 2.8 million metric tonnes of maize in 2021, due to an above-average rainfall season, however, farmers are being advised to guard against Post Harvest Losses (PHL) that has led to farmers losing up to 30 percent (%) of a harvest. PHL remains a major challenge to a number of farmers countrywide. According to research done by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) about 30% of harvested grain…

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Building homes on wetlands hazardous, slows development

Building homes on wetlands hazardous, slows development

Nomthandazo Gabi FLOODS have continued to ravage property of hundreds of families’ property in Zengeza 4 and Manyane, raising concerns about corrupt council officials parcelling out housing stands on wetlands, despite the Government’s stern stance on the preservation of wetlands. Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana indicated that the crisis in Chitungwiza needs urgent intervention, before blaming residents for constructing houses on wetlands. Moreover, residents highlighted that the drainage system in Chitungwiza was in a state of despair and that the government had failed to maintain and repair a functional drainage system,…

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Government implored to research in renewable energy

Government implored to research in renewable energy

By Edward Mukaro GOVERNMENT has been implored to invest in research towards Renewable Energy (RE) for the nation to achieve sustainable development while reaping the multi-faceted benefits from the use of REs, climate change mitigation and renewable energy expert, Lawrence Mashungu has said. Zimbabwe identified renewable energy as one of the key cogs to advocate for achieving sustainable development, as the nation pushes towards a middle-income economy, as articulated in the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1). Speaking in an exclusive interview with The BusinessConnect, Mashungu acknowledged that the Southern African…

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