Hunger Stalks Southern Africa As Climate Crisis Deepens
Muhammad Irfan 11 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 10:10 AM
The torrential rain came from Cyclone Idai, one of the worst storms ever to hit Africa and the fiercest on record to strike Buhera, a district in the usually arid province of Manicaland in eastern Zimbabwe.
Today, the scene in Buhera is entirely different. But the misery remains.
A little rain for her corn would be more than welcome.
"Seeing how the maize is wilting, we may have a very bad harvest," she said.
It is a scene that is being played out across southern Africa, where chronic lack of rain is threatening mass hunger and ruin.
Climate is being fingered as the big culprit.
In the space of 10 months, Buhera and many districts like it have been hammered by extremes that scientists say are consistent with forecasts about climate change.
"Our chickens and turkeys were swept away," said Posha's sister-in-law, Josephine Ganye, who now depends on food aid.
Its World Food Programme (WFP) sent out a stark warning last month.
Every farmer, big or small, has been affected as well as breeders, hoteliers and teachers.