A severe lack of rainfall in the 2015/2016 growing season has been blamed on an exceptionally strong El Niño event. It’s left millions of Zimbabweans in need of food aid and farmers fighting to survive.
Last year has broken climate records: It has been the warmest year since records began and extreme weather events have increased around the world. Two recent reports confirm, once again, that climate change is happening.
After years of relying on food handouts, Zimbabwe expects this year to have a substantial maize harvest. But the government must make the crop more attractive to farmers to further ease the perennial hunger problem.
Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa, is largely dependent on food assistance due to drought caused by El Nino weather. Scientists have a solution: drought-resistant maize seed varieties.
Floods in South America and England, spring temperatures in Europe, tornadoes in the US - of all these weather phenomena, only the ones in the southern hemisphere can be linked to El Niño.
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