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South Africa: Drought and the Legacy of Apartheid

Historic droughts are taking hold throughout the world thanks to El Niño, and South Africa is one of many countries suffering through a dramatic dry spell. The drought, which came just in the midst of the dry season in summer 2015, is the worst since theearly 1990s, making it the most significant water shortage for the post-apartheid nation. And much like Hurricane Katrina, this natural disaster is already bringing remaining racial inequalities to light: Many of South Africa’s black farmers are being hit particularly hard.

CIAT/Neil Palmer


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