DURBAN, South AfricaMore than half of Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) population could be living in urban areas by 2050 posing huge challenges for poor towns and cities, which already face challenges such as poverty and inequalities. These are coupled with growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in a context of high vulnerability to climate change. In preparation for the challenges attendant to rapid urbanization, some SSA local authorities have started implementing initiatives that improve food security and nutrition through ‘city to city’ collaboration and South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC). These initiatives will see all actors in the food chain, including, consumers, producers, processors, traders and retailers, acquiring new skills and opportunities through th
HARARE, Zimbabwe: A senior official at the Zimbabwe Central Bank says there is improvement in women’s participation in institutional decision making. Addressing the Hope Fay Lecture at Women’s University in Africa on Wednesday, Dr Jesimen Tarisai Chipika, Deputy to the Reserve Bank Governor spoke on the topic “Women and the economy in Zimbabwe: A drive towards financial and economic inclusivity for sustainable development.” “Although improving, women remain marginalised particularly in institutional decision making, yet we know that household welfare, hence, the whole population, both in terms of production and reproduction, depends on women,” said Chipika. Announcing a $15 million facility to empower women by the Central Bank, Dr. Chipika called for more action by Ce
Harare, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe government has launched an investigation into the country's former first lady, Grace Mugabe, over her alleged involvement in an ivory smuggling ring. Christopher Mutsvangwa, a special adviser to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, said Zimbabwe's government "will seek answers from all parties including former First Lady Grace Mugabe, about their knowledge of the illegal export of prohibited items from our country." The probe was opened after a three-month undercover mission by Australian wildlife photographer Adrian Steirn. “I uncovered the poaching and smuggling syndicate when he began looking into the illegal ivory trade in December.” Adrian Steirn said "Ivory was being sourced either from the national park's vault, being thieved or pilfered, or from l
Johannesburg, South Africa: Zimbabwe's opposition leader and Movement for Democratic Change Party President Morgan Tsvangirai has died at 65 years. Mr Tsvangirai, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer for a period. According to MDC Party Vice President Elias Mudzuri, Tshangarai died on Wednesday evening in South Africa. Elections are due within the next six months and Mr Tsvangirai's illness and now death leaves his party in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by former Mugabe deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. Tsvangirai was the MDC candidate in the controversial 2002 presidential election, losing to Mugabe. before he contested the first round of the 2008 presidential election as the MDC-T candidate, taking 47.8% o
HARARE, Zimbabwe: Prolonged dry spells, erratic rainfall, high temperatures and the presence of the voracious fall armyworm have significantly dampened Southern Africa’s current agricultural season’s cereal production prospects. Early action in the form of consolidating information through assessments and anticipatory measures that reduce the impact of threats are crucial for an effective response. Fall Armyworm, which first emerged last season, has compounded the situation as it continues to spread within national territories and beyond. The pest is now present across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) except Mauritius and Lesotho. Partial fall armyworm monitoring has pointed to Malawi as the hotspot in the 2017/18 season, and the country has since
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde today met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Madame Lagarde welcomed President Mnangagwa’s commitment to stabilizing the Zimbabwean economy and working towards normalizing the country’s engagement with the international community. She reiterated the IMF’s commitment to continue to support Zimbabwe as it addresses its economic challenges.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, is pleased to announce it will be the exclusive online home for Sky’s highly anticipated historical period drama Britannia. From today, iflix subscribers across the region including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe can stream or download each episode from the moment of release, exclusively on iflix. Set in 43AD, Britannia tells the story of the determined, but terrified Roman invaders and the occupied Celts and Druids, whose lives are changed forever by the arrival of a new world order. Britannia begins in 43AD as the Roman Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia – a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior wo