Kenya's purple shoots of progress

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As a drought wreaks havoc on agricultural output across the country, Kenya is trying to boost production of drought-resistant crops like purple tea.

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World Bank donates $100 million to Ethiopia's drought relief effort

Ethiopia is currently experiencing the worst drought in 50 years. Photo©Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPAThe World Bank Group has approved a $100 million fund to support Ethiopian government's response to the ongoing drought.

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Zambia: Electricity generation problems to be resolved in 3 years

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu. Photo©Philippe Wojazer/AP/SIPAThe drought-induced power generation problems that have hit Zambia will only be resolved in three years, President Edgar Lungu said on Tuesday.

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Finance: Morocco cuts 2016 growth forecast, to renegotiate IMF credit line

Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid. Photo© Sait Serkan Gurbuz/AP/SIPAMorocco has cut its economic growth forecast for this year to less than 2 percent from 3 percent, after the cereal harvest suffered its worst drought in three decades, the finance minister said on Monday.

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Zimbabwe: Weak commodity prices, drought dent 2016 growth forecast

Zimbabwe cut its economic growth forecast to 1.4 percent in 2016 from an initial forecast of 2.7 percent, the ministry of finance said, following a devastating drought and weak commodity prices.

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South Africa risks recession as manufacturing and mining sectors contract amid drought

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's manufacturing output resumed its decline and mining production contracted as weak global demand pushed the country's ailing economy closer to a recession.

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Morocco farm sector sheds 28,000 jobs due to drought

File Photo©Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP/SIPAUnemployment in Morocco stood at 10 percent at the end of March, up from 9.9 percent a year earlier, official data showed on Thursday, after a severe drought hit the agriculture sector that accounts for more than 15 percent of national output.

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Wildlife: Drought-hit Zimbabwe sells off wild animals

Zimbabwe put its wild animals up for sale on Tuesday, saying it needed buyers to step in and save the beasts from a devastating drought.

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Ebola, drought, commodity price slump dent Sub-Saharan Africa economic growth

File photo©Rio Tinto/AP/SIPAEconomic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will likely slow this year to its weakest in nearly two decades, hurt by a slump in commodity prices, the Ebola virus outbreak and drought, the IMF said on Tuesday.

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El Nino: Farmers warned the worst is yet to come

Cereal production by region (million tonnes)Shifts in the warm waters in the Pacific Ocean – known as El Niño – are increasing food insecurity and causing droughts and floods across Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Looming South Africa bread price increase angers labour

Photo©ReutersSouth Africans bearing the brunt of rising cost of living now have to contend with a 10 percent increase in the price of bread following an adjustment in import duty for wheat.

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Drought cuts output of Zimbabwe's top export earner tobacco

File Photo©ReutersProduction of tobacco, Zimbabwe's biggest export earner, is expected to fall 15 percent to 160 million kilogrammes this season following a drought that has left millions facing hunger, an industry survey showed on Wednesday.

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South Africa: Rains come but too late for summer maize crop

Photo©ReutersMost parts of South Africa are forecast to receive above average rainfall in the autumn season from April, the national weather service said on Thursday, too late to benefit the drought-seared summer maize crop.

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Food Security: Ethiopia seeking almost 500,000 tonnes of wheat -trade

File photo©ReutersThe Ethiopian government has issued an international tender to buy around 499,000 tonnes of milling wheat sourced from optional origins as the country continues purchases following a serious drought, European traders said on Tuesday.

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Zimbabwe: About 4 million people need food aid after drought

The number of Zimbabweans requiring food aid has risen to 4 million, up from 3 million initially, a state-owned newspaper said on Tuesday, as the southern African nation grapples with its worst drought in more than two decades.

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Climate change: Scientists say time is running out to protect Africa's food supply

Photo©ReutersWithout action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with maize, beans and bananas most at risk, researchers said on Monday.

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World Bank sees risk of recession in South Africa

South Africa is at risk of slipping into recession this year while growth should recover slightly in 2017 as the weaker rand helps to boost exports, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

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Drought pushing South Africa to the brink of recession - Moody's

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's worst drought on record risks tipping an already weak economy into recession as rising agricultural imports feed into rising inflation, ratings firm Moody's said on Tuesday.

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Zimbabwe sends begging bowl for $1.5bn as drought bites

Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson MnangagwaZimbabwe has appealed for $1.5 billion to feed close to three million people facing starvation due to a severe drought induced by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

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Trouble ahead for South Africa's Agriculture sector

Jannie de Villiers, Gain SA Chief Executive. Photo©ScreenShotSouth Africa must formally declare a national disaster for the government to release relief funds to help farmers through the worst drought in a century, the country's largest grain producer group said on Wednesday.

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