HARARE – Gokwe has regained its lost status as the county’s rprincipal cotton producing district after delivering a staggering 31 million kg of the crop so far. Statistics released by the Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) for August show that 60 million kg of the cash crop was delivered to the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) as at August 4, with Gokwe District contributing 51 percent of that. This is a vast improvement from the 19 million kg that were delivered during the same period last year, suggesting that the industry is on the rebound following years of poor production mainly related to shortage of funds and a global trade crunch.
South Sudan no longer in famine following an increase in aid, a UN-backed report says. However, the report warns that the situation remains desperate as the number of people at risk of starvation has increased in the last month.
Money, access and security main challenges to averting famine in Somalia: experts. ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prompt humanitarian action has kept drought-ridden Somalia from sliding into famine so far but more resources, better security and increased access to remote areas are needed to bring the country back from the brink, experts said on Tuesday.
’They sleep when they’re too hungry’: South Sudanese trapped by war and famine grow increasingly desperate. The disaster will be ‘ongoing without peace,’ UN official says of food shortages in region beset by civil war.
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