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Sparse Produce for Zimbabwe's Farmers

It rained just four times between November and February in Sanyati, a rural hamlet 350 kilometres south of the capital, Harare.

“There’s real hunger in this area. People are suffering,” said Moyo. “The last two years have been the worst in living memory.”

Gogo Dlamini (65) is partially blind. Together with her frail 72-year-old husband, they lost everything they planted this season and are forced to live off aid hand outs.

“There’s nothing in my granary,” she said.

Dlamini’s neighbours planted cotton, which can normally handle dry conditions. But they too had a meagre harvest — just 164kg, not even enough for one bale.

Jeff Walker/CIFOR

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