US pledges US$62 million drought support for Zimbabwe

Staff Writer The United States has pledged US$62 million to Zimbabwe to alleviate the crippling effects of the El Niño-induced drought and strengthen long-term food security. The announcement comes as the southern African nation grapples with its worst drought in decades, exacerbated by the ongoing climate crisis. US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Pamela Tremont, made the…

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CBZ Agro-Yield curtails operations amid drought

Staff Writer CBZ Agro-Yield, the agricultural arm of financial services giant CBZ Holdings, scaled back its operations during the 2023/2024 summer season in response to the El Niño-induced drought which had a significant impact on the agricultural sector. The company opted to reduce the number of hectares under cultivation, prioritising farmers with irrigation capabilities to…

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Zimbabwe to boost agric production amid shifting climate patterns

Staff Writer The government has unveiled an ambitious plan to boost agricultural production in the upcoming 2024/25 summer season, targeting a significant increase in cereal yields. The plan comes amid a devastating El Niño-induced drought that ravaged the 2023/24 season. El Niño, a cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean, disrupts global weather patterns, leading to…

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Zimbabwe braces for increased human-wildlife conflict as climate change bites

Staff Writer The Minister of Environment, Climate and Wildlife Sithembiso Nyoni has warned that the ongoing El Niño-induced drought is set to have devastating effects on human and wildlife communities in the country. Nyoni said the drought is expected to exacerbate already dire conditions, leading to increased competition for scarce resources and potentially violent conflicts…

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Mnangagwa calls for climate action as region faces drought-prone future

Staff Writer President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for the urgent need for innovative solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change, which is projected to make the region more drought-prone in the coming decades. Zimbabwe, once a food-secure nation, is currently grappling with the devastating effects of a severe drought that has left many farmers…

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Willdale sees production boom amid drought

Staff Writer Brick manufacturer Willdale reported a significant increase in green production during the half year to March 31, 2024, driven by an unexpected boost from the country’s rainy season. The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed leading brick maker’s green production surged by 145% compared to the previous year, exceeding expectations and providing a much-needed boost to…

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Zimbabwe receives US$31.8 million drought relief payout from African Risk Capacity

Staff Writer Zimbabwe has received a US$31.8 million payout from the African Risk Capacity (ARC) drought insurance scheme to bolster food security efforts amid a challenging agricultural season. Zimbabwe like its counterparts in Southern Africa, is currently grappling with El Niño-induced severe drought which has impacted millions of farming households, affecting their livelihoods, food security,…

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El Niño weighs on Hippo Valley’s yields

Staff Writer Hippo Valley Estates (Hippo Valley), a major Zimbabwean sugar producer, reported a drop in sugarcane yields for the year ended March 31, 2024, citing adverse weather conditions linked to the El Niño phenomenon and a reduced harvest of higher-yielding cane. The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed firm’s cane yields declined to 89.20 tonnes per hectare,…

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