Last month, Cyclone Idai devastated southeastern African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The World Bank has estimated more than $2 billion will be needed for recovery. Mozambique's $337 million humanitarian response plan, largely made up of an appeal for $281 million after the cyclone hit, was only 23% funded as of April 15, 2019.
The current drought in southern Africa is the worst in decades, and likely a harbinger of things to come as the region warms up and dries out as its climate changes. The drought is having real impact on one resident in a Pretoria township, and what governments in the region can do to help prepare for a hotter and drier future.
Sharon Hillier didn't start out wanting to be the voice of, well, the vagina. But when she discovered just how off-base men who studied women's reproductive issues were, she felt she had to do something.
Development agencies have long promoted corn as a crop that can modernize African agriculture. Yet some food experts say Africa has now become over-reliant on corn, and the result has been increased malnutrition and vulnerability to famine.
After dropping out of school as a teenager because of poverty and drought William Kamkwamba built a windmill out of discarded materials in his village. Kamkwamba tells anchor Marco Werman how the windmill brought electricity to his tiny village in Malawi.
In 2002, teenaged William Kamkwamba had a vision in the very poor African nation of Malawi: a little bicycle generator that powers a light, if connected to a windmill, could allow him to read his schoolbooks at night. On The Takeaway.