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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Towards a robust agricultural revolution: The Presidential Pledge

Towards a robust agricultural revolution: The Presidential Pledge

State-run media organisations dedicated huge airtime and media space lauding the government for indeed the major transformation of the Agriculture Bank of Zimbabwe into the Agriculture Financing Cooperation (AFC). The major thrust of the new institution unveiled last Friday by President Emmerson Mnangagwa is to provide a premier short and long term one-stop-shop for agriculture production. The new institution brings into fresh memory the colonial settler’s Land Agriculture Development Bank that was used to spearhead the land subjugation of the indigenous people. It was a highly funded and well-orchestrated agric…

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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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Fresh water scarcity worsening due to population growth

Fresh water scarcity worsening due to population growth

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka A holistic approach is needed to eliminate all water access barriers that include distance, cost, infrastructure design and water sanitation, to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by the year 2030 as envisioned by Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 (SDG6), the Matabeleland Institute of Human Rights has said Water-related conflicts and violence have been on the increase since the 1900s and it is projected that due to the acute water crisis to be faced by 2030, the world may begin experiencing…

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Eaziflush technology to rid open pit latrines

Eaziflush technology to rid open pit latrines

By Edward Mukaro IN its efforts to rid open pits latrines in both peri-urban and rural communities, Government is on the verge of introducing the Eaziflush Sanitation Technology for waste management. Government wishes to implement innovations suitable for transforming rural communities with respect to the provision of clean water and improved sanitation. A recent Cabinet brief stated, “Government is taking a deliberate position to provide modern, sustainable, and affordable infrastructure in both urban and rural communities. It is highlighted that Vision 2030 speaks to Sustainable development Goal (SDG) Number 6,…

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Waste Management Committees enhance livelihoods

Waste Management Committees enhance livelihoods

By Edward Mukaro LOCAL authorities have been implored to spearhead the formation of local level Waste Management Committees in all major centres so that cleanliness is attained in its totality, while also assisting communities to identify livelihoods enhancement opportunities. Government has been at the forefront, encouraging citizens to make use of all disposal waste and get value out of it to sustain livelihoods. Speaking recently at Mahamba Business Centre, in Bubi District Matabeleland North Province, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndhlovu challenged local authorities to empower residents…

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‘Shoot to kill infrastructure vandals’ – NRZ beckons government

‘Shoot to kill infrastructure vandals’ – NRZ beckons government

By Wellington Zimbowa REELING from grappling cases of damage to its infrastructure – costing millions of hard currency –the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has called for a holistic intervention approach to rescue the ailing rails operator, including a ‘shoot to kill’ policy targeting unruly artisanal miners threatening its viability, especially in gold-rich areas. This follows Information, Broadcasting Services and Media Minster, Monica Mutsvangwa’s Tuesday revelations that Cabinet has enlisted special security services along the recently invaded Bulawayo-Beitbridge railway corridor to deter artisanal mining activities damaging that corridor’s infrastructure. NRZ…

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Citizens being coned by borehole drilling companies… as local authorities fall short of water supply

Citizens being coned by borehole drilling companies… as local authorities fall short of water supply

Opinion By Blessing Mandikonza There has been a huge rise in the number of borehole drilling companies, in and around Harare, such has been mainly caused by the need for alternative water sources particularly for the capital city, where a number of suburbs have not known municipal tapped water for the past 20 years. Access to water for domestic purposes has become a nightmare in Harare. For instance, millenials in Chitungwiza have never seen a drop of water oozing out their taps, despite having the infrastructure set up. In other…

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Masenda passes on ZOC baton

Masenda passes on ZOC baton

By Edward Mukaro THE “best of both worlds” does not aptly describe Admire Masenda – the man whose passion for the sport has practically changed the face of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) and various sporting disciplines on the land – is sadly closing a glorious chapter after 15-years as ZOC president. Despite being an active businessman, occupying various management positions in the corporate world, Masenda took over the reins at ZOC from his predecessor Tommy Ganda Sithole, who is now Zimpapers board chairperson, and has over the years used…

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