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Tanzanian farmers look to science – and tradition – to resist drought

AlertNet: Recent years have not been kind to Veremund Mfuse and his maize crops. As Tanzania struggles with increasingly extreme weather, the farmer, from Mbarali in Tanzania's Mbeya region, has seen his maize production decline, a problem he says is affecting farmers across the region. "Our major challenge here is drought. We face a critical shortage of water, rains are not reliable (and) we harvest very little,' Mfuse said. In response to the problem, which experts in the region say is linked to...

Drought-stricken Tanzania reels under extreme rainfall

AlertNet: Pius Yanda, one of the authors of a recent report on extreme weather by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), has a knowledge of his subject that goes beyond the academic. Yanda, a professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, was forced from his home last month by flooding in the nation's largest city following the heaviest recorded rains in Tanzania's modern history. He and five family members sought temporary refuge at a hotel in the city. The Tanzania Meteorological Agency...

Tanzania issues early ban on food exports

AlertNet: Facing threats to its own food security at a time when famine is afflicting neighbouring countries in the Horn of Africa, Tanzania this year issued an early six-month ban on non-governmental exports of grain and maize. Extreme weather and unpredictable rainfall, believed to be associated with climate change, are affecting crops around the world, and some governments have limited trading of food in response. Last year, Russia banned wheat exports after a drought in that country. In Tanzania,...