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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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 walks tightrope: Balancing coal reliance with renewable future

Staff Writer Zimbabwe’s energy sector faces a crossroads, with Minister of Energy Edgar Moyo acknowledging the need for renewables while grappling with the legacy of heavy investment in coal-fired power plants. Moyo’s statement, outlining the government’s aspirations for a renewables-dominant future tempered by the reality of existing infrastructure, reflects the complex challenges many developing nations…

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Govt targets December completion for Article 6 policy

Staff Writer The Ministry of Environment, Climate and Wildlife aims to finalise the country’s Article 6 Policy and Carbon Market Strategy by December 2024. The timeline aligns with the integration with the Climate Change Management Bill, creating a comprehensive framework for Zimbabwe’s participation in international carbon markets. The Ministry’s announcement to establish Zimbabwe as one…

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Climate finance, carbon markets conference set for next week

Staff Writer The Africa Voluntary Carbon Credits Market Forum will host a two-day conference in Bulawayo next week focusing on unlocking the potential of climate finance for sustainable development. The conference, titled ‘Climate Change, Carbon Markets and Sustainability’, to be held from July 17 to 18, 2024, aims to raise awareness on critical issues related…

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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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Zimbabwe faces widespread food crisis through early 2025 – FEWS NET

Staff Writer Zimbabwe is facing a period of widespread Crisis (IPC Phase 3) conditions across the country, signifying severe food insecurity and acute malnutrition, from October 2024 to January 2025, FEWS NET has predicted. The alarming situation is a direct consequence of the devastating drought that began in late 2023 and intensified in early 2024,…

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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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RBZ projects 2% growth amid El Niño drought

Staff Writer The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) says despite the ongoing El Niño-induced drought, the economy has remained resilient and is anticipated to grow 2% this year. El Niño, a cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean, disrupts global weather patterns, leading to erratic rainfall and scorching temperatures in Southern Africa, including Zimbabwe. This year,…

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