Summer drought looms

2015-10-06 11:30

KwaZulu-Natal is in the midst of the driest year in a century as a “Godzilla” El Nino weather phenomenon takes hold.

Zimbabweans start receiving drought relief grain

2015-09-28 16:17

The Zimbabwean government is set to start distributing relief grain to families hit by severe drought in all provinces, a report says.

Millions at risk as severe drought hits Ethiopia

2015-09-05 15:00

Around 4.5 million Ethiopians could be in need of food aid because of a drought in the country, the UN has said.

Papua New Guinea warns of worst drought in 20 years

2015-08-25 15:57

An intensifying El Nino may bring the worst drought in 20 years to Papua New Guinea, the country’s prime minister says, raising fears that production of the country’s critical agricultural commodities may drop.

Dying wildlife, bigger fires if California drought lasts

2015-08-21 09:55

A study predicts wildlife extinction, bigger wildfires, dry farm towns if the California drought persists.

German harvest battered by drought, heatwave

2015-08-18 15:05

This year’s grain, fruit and vegetable harvests in Germany have been reduced by droughts in key areas and by the long summer heatwave, the national farmers’ association says.

Zim farmers fear for their cattle as drought, disease hit home

2015-08-17 20:02

Zimbabwe's farmers in Matabeleland South province fear their cattle won’t survive the drought that has hit the region, with more than 300 000 cattle said to be at risk, according to a report.

Panama declares drought emergency

2015-08-12 16:00

Panama's government has declared a state of emergency as it faces a drought that has prompted water restrictions, depleted reservoirs and affected shipping through its bustling canal.

Uncontrolled grazing hurting North West farmers

2015-08-05 07:42

While drought has affected some emerging farmers in North West, the biggest problem is uncontrolled grazing, the African Farmers Association of South Africa says.

At least 1.5 million face hunger in Zimbabwe – report

2015-08-04 12:46

Zimbabwe is reportedly facing widespread food shortages, with the situation said to be critical in the country’s rural areas.


Millions hungry as Ethiopia drought bites

2015-10-02 22:19

The number of hungry Ethiopians needing food aid has risen sharply due to poor rains and the El Nino weather phenomenon with around 7.5 million people now in need.

Villagers in Zimbabwe skip meals to save scant food

2015-09-25 08:07

Villagers in Zimbabwe are skipping meals and foraging for wild fruit as food stocks run out after a poor harvest blamed on drought and controversial reforms.

Hunger hits 1.5 million in Zim as maize production halves

2015-08-26 08:26

Around 1.5 million Zimbabweans are predicted to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production, says the World Food Programme.

Ethiopia: Need for food aid surges

2015-08-24 18:25

The number of Ethiopians who will need food aid by the end of this year has surged by more than 1.5 million from earlier estimates.

Firefighters killed in 'hellstorm'

2015-08-20 22:31

Three firefighters in \Washington State have been killed after a 'hellstorm' probably overtook their vehicle.

Cuba on edge as drought worsens

2015-08-18 09:24

Cuba has put its civil defense system on alert due to a year-long drought that is forecast to worsen in the coming months and has already damaged agriculture.

Drought leads to power outages in US Virgin Islands

2015-08-16 15:31

Authorities in the US Virgin Islands say a worsening drought is causing power outages.

Rain on its way, but too late for drought-stricken North West

2015-08-05 07:47

Above average rainfall is expected in the North West this spring, but it will be too late for some farmers affected by the drought in the province.

'This cow cannot stand up' - drought-hit North West farmer

2015-08-04 13:39

In deep rural North West, emerging farmers hit by severe drought have lost hope, saying their starving cattle are too weak to walk to the nearest dam to drink water.

Botswana tackles worst drought in 30 years

2015-07-30 19:06

Botswana has allocated emergency funds in response to the worst drought conditions in 30 years with agricultural land badly hit by the lack of irrigation.

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