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Drought Continues in South Africa

After one of the driest rainy seasons on record, South Africa is in the grip of a severe drought.

This has placed a strain on water supplies across the country, affecting 2.7 million households.

The hardest hit are those living in rural areas, where residents have to collect water in buckets once a day.

India-Africa Forum Summit - PM Emphasises the need to Nurture South-South Cooperation (Mauritius)


A pognant understanding was expressed through Prime Minister Anerood Jugnaud, who underligned the need to further raise the need of existing partnerships that India and Africa built together in the expansions of South-South Cooperations.


The tide has been raised as the reverberations of his address during the India-Africa Summit last month in New Delhi, where the minister "underpinned" the need of a recurring summit, praising the format as a sustainable method to reaffirm the long-lasting collaboration for a better future.


Africa Moves to Curb Maize Disease

By Zephania Ubwani

Arusha — Tanzania is among five countries in Africa to be covered by a new project to curb the spread of a disease lethal to the vital maize crop in sub-Saharan Africa.

The four-year project, to be funded by US Agency for International Development (USAid), will also cover Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda where the disease is presently prevalent, the regional office of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Nairobi said in a communication to The Citizen.

Immediate Access to Conflict-Affected Areas to Prevent 'Catastrophe'

Three United Nations agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.

"Since fighting broke out nearly two years ago, children have been plagued by conflict, disease, fear and hunger," said Jonathan Veitch, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative in South Sudan, in a press release.

US Threatens to Suspend Part of South Africa Trade Deal

 Johannesburg — After weeks of delays, lapsed deadlines and rumbling from U.S. meat producers, U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced he was cutting the fat out of a major trade agreement with South Africa -- and gave the nation 60 days' notice that he would revoke duty-free status for agricultural goods such as pork, chicken and beef.