Relief funds dry up as Namibian drought continues unabated

Large parts of Namibia remain in the grips of a brutal drought, with the last significant rainfall reported in the far southern region a decade ago.

Second locust wave could dampen East Africa’s harvest hopes

Despite significant gains in the battle against desert locust infestations in 10 countries, mostly in East Africa, food security remains at risk, especially as a second wave of locusts now threaten what could otherwise be a promising crop harvest for the region.

Subsidies can support food production during COVID-19 crisis

Africa is coming up with its own solutions to the challenges posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a statement by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Strict social distancing rules for Zim tobacco auctions

This year, Zimbabwe will decentralise tobacco selling in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Africa agripreneur competition to award two US$50 000 prizes

Applications are now open for the second annual GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition.

Lockdowns must not disrupt food supply chains – FAO, AU

With statistics prior to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic suggesting that one in five people in Africa suffers from hunger, it is important that agriculture be recognised as an “essential service” on the continent.

Mitigating impact of COVID-19 on Africa regional trade

There has been a slight uptick in trade on the African continent as some restrictions on the movement of food products have been lifted.

African farmers lose market access as COVID-19 crisis widens

Millions of family farmers across Africa are facing economic devastation as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts exports and global food supply chains.

R2,2 billion in food aid needed to combat hunger in Zimbabwe

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic could worsen the food shortage currently being experienced in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe to import maize due to erratic harvest prospects

Zimbabwe’s maize harvest is likely to differ substantially from region to region this season, with some areas realising a below-average harvest and others an above-average harvest, due to erratic rainfall during the growing period, industry officials have said.

African states urged not to restrict cross-border food trade

The widespread negative socio-economic impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic globally is likely to include a 2,6% to 7% contraction in sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural production.

UN warns of worsening locust invasion in East Africa

The African Development Bank has approved more than R28 million in emergency relief funding to assist nine countries in East Africa and the Horn of Africa to control vast swarms of desert locusts.

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