Dirt poor

2016-08-22 05:15

Unless we change attitudes towards managing soil, conserving water and cleaning up air, we’ll all be in trouble no matter who governs, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Free State lecturer awarded for drought forecasting tool

2016-08-18 07:29

A Free State academic has developed a drought forecasting tool to help small-scale farmers decide when to plant.

Drought ravages Lesotho as water exported to SA

2016-08-14 16:43

For farmer Mohlakoane Molise, the view of the enormous Katse dam from his smallholding high in the mountains of Lesotho taunts him daily.

Agri confidence in SA growth lowest since 2008

2016-07-29 21:00

The confidence of South African agribusinesses in the country’s economic growth is at its lowest level since the second quarter of 2008, an index shows.

Herbst: ANC & Western Cape farmers – an affair set to spark food riots

2016-07-28 19:35

Across the political spectrum, the warnings become ever more urgent. The spectre of food riots is a probability more than a possibility, writes Ed Herbst.

KZN dam levels still low, despite heavy rains – Umgeni Water

2016-07-27 12:25

Heavy rainfalls throughout KwaZulu-Natal over a three-day period have not significantly improved dam levels in the drought-stricken province.

KZN drought far from over

2016-07-26 10:34

The good rain received over the weekend does not mean the drought is over, authorities have warned.

UN appeals for billions for hungry in southern Africa

2016-07-20 10:01

The UN food agency has declared its highest-level emergency in drought-stricken southern Africa and is appealing for R2,9 billion immediately to purchase food and transport it to the region to help millions of hungry people.

Swazi queens on lavish holiday while drought cripples country

2016-07-18 14:12

At least three of King Mswati III of Swaziland’s wives has been on holiday in Orlando, Florida last week – with an entourage of more than 100.

Consumers might see maize shortage this year

2016-07-13 07:07

SA may miss a target to import enough maize this season to meet consumers’ needs, the biggest agricultural lobby group has said.


After drought, southern Africa threatened by floods

2016-08-18 20:56

UN agencies have warned that southern African countries are at risk of another year of food shortages as the drought-hit region is expected to be hit by above-average rainfall likely to trigger floods.

Water problems persist in Malawi's capital

2016-08-16 16:39

Residents in Malawi's Lilongwe District have been warned that water will be rationed due to persistent problems in the capital.

Drought worsened by normal dry winter weather

2016-08-03 11:46

Normal dry winter weather is making the country’s strongest drought in more than a century worse, says the Department of Agriculture.

$1.2 billion needed for southern Africa drought

2016-07-29 08:13

Humanitarian agencies say they need $1.2 billion in critical aid for seven drought-stricken countries in southern Africa, as the El Nino weather phenomenon continues to devastate crops across the region.

From herdsmen to central bankers, Southern Africa counts drought costs

2016-07-27 19:30

Molefi Ramantele, a small-scale livestock farmer who ekes out a living in Botswana's arid scrubland, lost a third of his cattle in the drought that has scorched southern Africa.

Severe drought threatens southern Africa

2016-07-26 10:57

Southern Africa's worst drought in decades is affecting millions of people needing millions in aid.

Cele warns of further food price hikes as drought continues

2016-07-21 22:45

Ongoing drought in South Africa has disrupted food production and threatens to push food prices up, says agriculture deputy minister Bheki Cele.

Expect inflation rise a day before repo rate news

2016-07-20 07:57

Economic data to be released shortly will likely reveal a rise in inflation, according to several economists.

Malawi President Mutharika launches food insecurity response plan

2016-07-14 12:15

Malawi President Peter Mutharika says his government has set aside $50 million to alleviate an impending hunger epidemic that will be felt by many people this year until the next farming season, according to a report.

El Nino-hit southern Africa seeks nearly R39bn in drought aid

2016-07-13 06:57

Southern African countries will start an appeal for $2.7bn (R38.87bn) to cope with the effects of the region’s worst drought in more than three decades.

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