Busani Bafana

Women step forward in push to nurture African climate scientists

Jan 13 2020

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a child, Kenyan meteorologist Saumu Shaka helped out on her parents' small farm growing maize and pigeon pea - and learned how the weather can hold food producers hostage.

Drought - and economic woes - empty Zimbabwe's 'cattle bank'

Dec 05 2019

NESIGWE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Livestock farmer Siphiwe Moyo walks briskly under the scorching sun until she arrives at a shady tree in the middle of a parched, unplanted maize field.

Zimbabwe farmers venture into vegetables to outsmart poor rains

May 14 2019

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmer Talita Matutu twists open an under-sized maize cob in a field she stopped tending after no rain came for months and most of her crop wilted.

As climate change gathers pace, is livestock a problem or solution?

Aug 23 2017

GWANDA, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Even during droughts like the one that swept across Zimbabwe last year, Isaac Siziba and his wife Khumutso had food. Their annual harvest did not consist of water-dependent crops, but of goats.

Climate extremes, policy confuse crop choices for Malawi farmers

Aug 13 2017

LILONGWE, Malawi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Elias Kanyangale is ecstatic about his maize harvest. Balancing on a homemade ladder, the farmer retrieves cobs from a full granary, the bounty of this year’s good rains, which broke three years of drought in Malawi.

Faced with more drought, Zimbabwe’s farmers hang up their plows

Jun 09 2017

MUREHWA, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Preparing his three-hectare plot of land for planting each year used to take Musafare Chiweshe – or the laborers he hired – two weeks. Now it takes just hours.

Rains raise harvest hopes in Zimbabwe – but pest brings 'misery'

Mar 20 2017

GWANDA, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After plenty of rain, Isaac Siziba’s maize fields looked set for a bumper harvest this season, similar to the one he gathered in 2014, before Zimbabwe suffered a long and punishing drought.

As temperatures soar, Zimbabwe's farmers test maize that can cope

Nov 17 2016

ZAKA DISTRICT, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aplonia Marutsvaka looks triumphant as she shows off one of her three bags of gleaming white maize. She harvested the grain in the midst of a drought and sapping heat that charred many other types of crop.

Smarter farming could cut hunger in drought-hit southern Africa: researchers

Sep 15 2016

JOHANNESBURG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Southern African farmers facing hunger as a result of worsening drought know a lot about climate change but lack the resources to put solutions that work into place, agriculture and development researchers say.

'Mercedes' cocoa helps Ivorian farmers speed to better harvest

Jun 14 2016

OUATTARADOUGOU, Ivory Coast (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Abou Ouattara has grown cocoa for the last 17 years, but luckily the 52-year-old does not have a sweet tooth.

World News

Saudi de facto ruler approved operation that led to Khashoggi's death: U.S.

Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to U.S. intelligence released on Friday as the United States imposed sanctions on some of those involved but spared the crown prince himself in an effort to preserve relations with the kingdom.