Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 08 February 2011
Thousands of hectares of agricultural land and crops have been damaged by floods and heavy rains in parts of southern Africa, and more damage may occur in the coming weeks if above normal rains persist.
Localized crop losses are reported in Mozambique. Photo: IRIN
This is raising concern about the food security of the affected population in the poorer parts of the sub-region over the coming months.
With the rainy season still only half way through, and with the cyclone season due to peak in February, several agricultural areas along the rivers in southern African countries remain at high risk of flooding, including portions of Botswana, Lesotho Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Food insecurity already critical
“Food insecurity levels are already critical in the affected areas of some of these countries and floods will only further worsen the ability of poor farmers to cope and feed their families in the coming months,” said Cindy Holleman, FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations] Regional Emergency Coordinator for Southern Africa. FAO is working with regional and national early warning systems to monitor the evolution in major river basins and to assess the impact on food crops. Continue reading Flooding raises food security concerns
Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 08 January 2011
The Metolong Authority has signed a US$1,27 million (about R8.55 million) contract with Canadian and South African consulting companies to develop a plan that would resettle and compensate those affected by the construction of the Metolong Dam.
Advance Infrastructure of the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme. Photo: © John Hogg / World Bank under Creative Commons Licence
The Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme (MDWSP) will supply potable water for domestic and industrial use to Maseru and the rural towns of Roma, Mazenod, Morija and Teyateyaneng.
The Metolong Authority Public Relations Manager, Matšeliso Makoele, told Public Eye on Wednesday this week rePlan Inc. (Canada) in association with SRK Consulting Engineers and Scientists (South Africa) were expected to complete the work by March 2014.
Makoele said the consultants would develop the action plan which would include an evaluation and monitoring programme and a baseline socio-economic survey in consultation with local stakeholders such as the directly-affected communities, local chiefs, relevant community councils and other interested parties. Continue reading Metolong Dam resettlement and compensation plan signed
Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 19 May 2010
The European Union and FAO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS), are assisting over 36 000 farmers in Lesotho, more than half of its vulnerable farmers.
Lesotho Farm. Lesotho is [...]