Zambia scales up weather insurance for smallholder farmers

The Zambian government has enrolled 1 million smallholder farmers under its Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) on weather index insurance. Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo said the development is in line with government’s efforts to mitigate the vulnerability of smallholder farmers to climate change. Katambo said so far payouts amounting to…

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Improved weather services to assist Ethiopian farmers

Ethiopian farmers have suffered severe harvest and livestock losses due to harsh rains and climate extremes. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report released in August 2017 states that roughly 8.5 million Ethiopians required food aid in the second half of the year. According to the Thomas Reuters…

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Zambian treasury releases more funds to secure uncollected maize

The Zambian government has released K115 million to salvage more than 80 000 tons of maize that transporters refuse to ferry because of money owed to them. Concerns about possible damage to the crop are escalating, after the Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) forecast heavy rains for this weekend. “The money…

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Increased chances of La Niña in spring, summer

There is an increased chance of La Niña conditions developing during the remaining spring months and summer, predictions from the US Climate Prediction Centre show. According to the latest El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) diagnostic discussion issuedView Post by the CPC, predictions show that a La Niña system can form as…

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