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Record-Low Zimbabwe Corn Crop to Press Drought-Hit South Africa

Record-Low Zimbabwe Corn Crop to Press Drought-Hit South Africa | africa | Scoop.it
South Africa, which is the continent’s biggest corn producer and is suffering the worst drought in memory, may need to help neighboring Zimbabwe with corn supplies as a drought cuts its harvest to the lowest since records started, a grain and oilseed farmers’ body said.

Via CIMMYT, Int.
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This article is about the drought in Africa. South Africa's food production is decreasing and they need to send out food to the neighboring countries too. Zambia is the same as South Africa because they need to aid Zimbabwe with corns. Zimbabwe is the country with the lowest rainfall in the region. The stocks of Zimbabwe are down too. 

 

This article helped me to understand Africa more about the dependency of the countries in Africa, how they help their neighboring countries and the new knowledge I know is that Zimbabwe got really less rain. I think that Zimbabwe should find a way to stop important corns from neighboring countries and plant their own crops. They can get richer this way and become more independent. 

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A First For Africa: Solar-Powered Airport

A First For Africa: Solar-Powered Airport | africa | Scoop.it
A first for Africa: solar-powered airport. The state-owned airport management company hopes to add solar to the energy mix at all 9 of its SA airports.

Via Moses O. Ogutu
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This article is about the first solar-powered airport in Africa, which is in south Africa. It was not only powered with solar energy, but also non renewable energy. It supplies 41% of the airports energy demand which means it produces a lot of energy with a really less area. Another factor that it produces a lot of energy is the sunlight in Africa is very strong so more energy can be produce by the solar panel. The 200 square meter power plant was located in the grounds of George Airport. Construction took six months and costs nearly 1 million dollars. Airports company South Africa CEO said that cleaner energy sources will help cut energy costs and reduce the pressure of power demand on the national grid. This helps the country stepping into the future by using clean energy and to reduce power demand. 


This article helps me understand more about Africa about its development. They took a big step using alternative energy resource, which contributes to the earth's environment. They show importance to the way of using clean energy because it can benefit them and creates new jobs for people. I think that this topic is really interesting because it is the first one in Africa and they use the resource that is dominant in the area to benefit them.



Cam Jennings's curator insight, February 28, 2016 8:45 AM

Lessons from Morocco.

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Climate change: Scientists say time is running out to protect Africa's food supply | North Africa

Climate change: Scientists say time is running out to protect Africa's food supply | North Africa | africa | Scoop.it
Without action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with maize, beans and bananas most at risk, researchers said on Monday.

Via Moses O. Ogutu
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Climate change made a huge impact on Africa and its agriculture. Some plants in Africa is not able to survive due to increased temperature. Scientists said it is time to find new plants to grow instead of growing the crops they are growing right now because it will not be able to grow fully properly. The shorter term actions to help the farmers is improving irrigation and weather forecasting for farmers; they also develop new varieties of maize and beans so that they can tolerate more staying under the sun. 


This topic helps me understand more about Africa because it shows me what problem they are dealing with right now which is climate change and drought. I think they should work on the long term improvements now because there is really less time left.

Cam Jennings's curator insight, March 9, 2016 4:27 PM

"Without action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with maize, beans and bananas most at risk, researchers said on Monday."

8A Euira's curator insight, March 10, 2016 9:46 AM

This article is about when the scientists found out something about the climate change in Africa. They realized that Africa is facing the problem of droughts. People are unable to plant 9 different kind of crops like maize, banana, beans, millet because of extreme climate conditions. Some other countries will be unable to plant things some close time. The deadline may be after a decade or a century. Also there are some African countries that are more urgent than others. Some people thought of the solution like replacing maize into another different kind of maize which it can still grow in a drought area. Or they can raise livestock.

This article made me understand more about Africa because Africa has problems like drought. So if it is hot crops won’t be able to be produced easily which it may cause starvation. But now it is a serious problem. As more crops won’t be able to produce more farmers won’t earn enough money and people will suffer from starvation. I find this article really good because it is telling us the problems in Africa and it is telling us that we need to reduce producing carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. 


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$20m diamond found in Angola by WA company Lucapa

$20m diamond found in Angola by WA company Lucapa | africa | Scoop.it

A 20-carat diamond worth more than $20 million is found in West Africa by a Perth-based company.


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An Australian investor got a 20 carat diamond collected by his crew. The diamond is the largest diamond found in Angola. It is worth more the 20 million dollars. After selling the diamond, he'll invest more in the remote area when he found the largest diamond in Angola. 

 

I think it is  a pretty good idea that he will invest more on the area because the people will get jobs and not stay at home doing nothing, I also think that the resources will run row when time pasts by.

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South Sudan: Women raped 'as reward for fighters' - BBC News

South Sudan: Women raped 'as reward for fighters' - BBC News | africa | Scoop.it
Militias allied to the South Sudanese army have been allowed to rape women in lieu of wages while fighting rebels, a UN report says.
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This article is about the South Sudan civil war. South Sudan is the newest country in the world. It gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Now they are having a civil war as the current president accused his sacked deputy doing a coup. The sacked deputy denied and started building his own rebel army to fight the government. Right now, the government allows the soldiers to do anything they want like raping and stealing as payment for fighting the rebels. These soldiers rape young-looking women and were killed if they resist. Some of the women were kept as sex slaves (wives). The activities of the South Sudan "fighters" is recorded as one of the most terrible human rights abuse in the world.  

In my opinion, these acts of these soldiers are 'animal-like' because they raped a lot women and it is legal for them. These women were also kept as slaves which is unpleasant. This article helps me understand more about Africa about the newest country's government and its conflict. The government are supposed to protect their people but they allow the soldiers to abuse civilians. 

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Record-Low Zimbabwe Corn Crop to Press Drought-Hit South Africa

Record-Low Zimbabwe Corn Crop to Press Drought-Hit South Africa | africa | Scoop.it
South Africa, which is the continent’s biggest corn producer and is suffering the worst drought in memory, may need to help neighboring Zimbabwe with corn supplies as a drought cuts its harvest to the lowest since records started, a grain and oilseed farmers’ body said.

Via CIMMYT, Int.
8A Pauls insight:

This article is about the drought in Africa. South Africa's food production is decreasing and they need to send out food to the neighboring countries too. Zambia is the same as South Africa because they need to aid Zimbabwe with corns. Zimbabwe is the country with the lowest rainfall in the region. The stocks of Zimbabwe are down too. 

 

This article helped me to understand Africa more about the dependency of the countries in Africa, how they help their neighboring countries and the new knowledge I know is that Zimbabwe got really less rain. I think that Zimbabwe should find a way to stop important corns from neighboring countries and plant their own crops. They can get richer this way and become more independent. 

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Ethiopia drought: 'More trouble predicted' - BBC News

Ethiopia drought: 'More trouble predicted' - BBC News | africa | Scoop.it
Ethiopia is suffering its worst drought in decades with failed crops, livestock at risk and more than 10 million people needing emergency aid.
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Ethiopian meteorologists declared that there will be a far worse drought than the one happened 50 years ago. Right now Ethiopians are asking for help and storing supplies for the tough time. The Ethiopian government said to the U.N. that their problems are as important and crucial as the Syrians war. However, there are ways to bring in supplies during the drought. Supplies will be send by trains from neighbouring countries that does not have affected by the disaster. The U.N. predicted that if the donations does not increase, approximately 15 more million would starve and suffer. Therefore, the U.N. and kind men donated 360 million dollars.



I think the U.N. should help Ethiopia to prepare for the disaster. It may kill more people than wars. At least, they should give out water and food, or donate money. They can set up charities in different countries to collect money to donate.


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