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Zimbabwe Faces Increased Desertification and Droughts

John Cassim Harare, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe joined the international community on June 17th in commemorating Desertification and Drought Day. The nation’s Agricultural Minister, Dr. Anxious Masuka, issued a stark warning: Up to 17% of Zimbabwe’s land could become barren by 2050 due to persistent droughts. Minister Masuka emphasized the urgency of implementing drought mitigation measures. In […]

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Hwange Heroes: Guardians Empowered to Protect Wildlife and Communities

– These community volunteers, drawn from local villages and often including village elders, actively patrol their areas and play a crucial role in promoting coexistence. Staff Reporter Hwange, Zimbabwe – A new chapter unfolds for human-wildlife coexistence in Hwange District, Zimbabwe’s wildlife haven. Fourteen dedicated individuals from Tsholotsho, Lupane, and Matetsi communities have recently graduated from an

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Together We Rise: Zimbabwe Urges Climate Empowerment at Bonn

Tatenda Mutasa The 60th session of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), kicked off on June 3 and concludes on, June 13. Zimbabwean government officials, including Professor Prosper Matondi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Wildlife, are actively participating in discussions on

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Buffalo Relocation Aims to Curb Foot and Mouth Disease Threat to Livestock in Zimbabwe

This is an important exercise since these animals are associated with Foot and Mouth Disease and there are a lot of communities around, a government official said. John Cassim Harare, Zimbabwe – In a bid to curb the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) from stray buffaloes to domestic livestock in communities near Eaglemont

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Understanding Low Water Levels in Lake Kariba and Their Impact on Electricity Generation

John Cassim Harare, Zimbabwe – News reports often express concern about low water levels in Lake Kariba. Sometimes, these reports lead to misconception about Zambia and Zimbabwe’s capacity to produce electricity yet Lake Kariba has water. The two countries share the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba, managed by the Zambezi River Authority a Bi-National organization.

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Transboundary Survey Reveals Declining Hippo Population Along Zambezi River

Ndanatsiwa Tagwireyi The first transboundary hippo survey between Zimbabwe and Zambia, conducted along the Zambezi River, has revealed a significant decline in hippopotamus populations due to droughts and human activities. In October 2022, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) supported a survey along a 262-kilometer stretch of the river. The survey documented 1,424 hippos in Zimbabwe

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El Niño-induced Drought Chews Up 55% of Zimbabwe’s Seed Cotton Production

– The season has been challenging, characterized by a late and false start to the rains, followed by prolonged dry spells John Cassim Harare, Zimbabwe – The Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) in Zimbabwe has revealed that the El Niño-induced drought contributed to a significant 55% drop in the country’s seed cotton production this year. AMA’s Chief Executive

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Zimbabwe Faces Degrading Land, UN Officials Urge Action

– Quizzes and discussions were held, and the school children demonstrated their knowledge and enthusiasm for changing the status quo.  John Cassim Ahead of World Environment Day on June 5th, with a theme focused on Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience, environmental officials in Zimbabwe highlighted the challenges the nation faces and called for action. “The

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Zimbabwe Launches Climate Change Bill Consultation Process

John Cassim Dried Tshatshane river in Matobo District in Matabeleland South in Zimbabwe, the image was captured early May 2024, by @John Cassim during an assessment of the effects of the El Niño induced drought. Harare, Zimbabwe – Following the cabinet approval of the principles of the Climate Change Management Bill in 2023, a Climate Change Bill

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Ticking Clock For Zimbabwe’s Drought-Affected Farmers

David Murenje, a smallholder farmer, holding some of this season’s harvest in Wastomba, eastern Zimbabwe. @FARAI SHAWN MATIASHE Farai Shawn Matiashe As Zimbabwe faces its worst drought in 40 years, Farai Shawn Matiashe speaks to farmers about the barriers to climate resilience. Margaret Mutasa, a smallholder farmer, stares at her children picking yellow-green guavas from

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