Farming is a tough business where success depends on a range of factors, including the weather.
Hard frosts and flooding can be particularly damaging to those who grow crops and rear livestock, while severe droughts also have the capacity to wreak havoc.
One country that’s been hit hard by drought is Zimbabwe, in southern Africa. The most recent Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), released in April, described the landlocked country as having experienced “its worst drought in decades” in 2019.
This drought, combined with other “weather extremes” and factors including serious economic difficulties, has had a devastating impact.
“Widespread poverty, high levels of HIV/AIDS and low crop productivity also undermine food security,” the GRFC report, citing the World Food Programme, said.
Referencing the Famine Early Warning Systems Network and United Nations, the report went on to describe Zimbabwe as “experiencing one of its worst acute food insecurity crises in a decade, with atypically…