Drought Stricken Zimbabwe
Drought Stricken Zimbabwe: Due Elnino , a lot of mothers, families , livestock have suffered from hunger and water shortages.
  • Drought stricken cattle
  • Zimbabweans recieving drought relief

Zimbabwe is a nation not short of tragedy if not irony. Since  2000 which 16 years  from  now  going backwards and  20 years  after independence the country has faced a number of acute challenges  that   have left the nation  poor , ungovernable and corrupt as well . The country has a highest percentage of HIV/AIDS though it has taken several strides to address the pandemic but  it never rains but pours for Zimbabwe . Haunted   by industrial closures, liquidity crunch, massive corruption, political violence and poverty.

Article by Mbizo Chirasha

Zimbabwe is reeling  under  serious climatic challenges   that include  heat waves , floods and droughts that has caused  serious  food shortages due to poor  and unpredictable  weather patterns   hence low food production .  Water is the major component of climate and it   promotes higher food production if the climate is   positive and reliable. Since the year 2000 the country   has been ravaged by the Elnino scourge that has caused untold suffering the general populace of the Zimbabwean masses and the countries nearby in the proximity of the Southern Africa region. Many crops have been flooded and they failed to grow due to excess water and shortages of fertilizers.  Some areas had failed to receive rainfall at all and that have brought scant crop growth and  the agricultural communities where caught unaware , they  haven’t learn much about  climate change patterns and  the effects that really has become a big problem in  Africa  in particular Zimbabwe . In some cases excessive heat have derailed the growth of crops, hence less food and excessive suffering of the people, livestock and animals due to acute shortage of water and food.  The Elnino has also resulted into loss of lives of both animals and humans. Southern Africa need to be alert of such weather and climatic patterns and the scientific myth seems to supersede other myths that   some carbons that are destroying the ozone layer are the ones resulting into unpredictable weather conditions and it seems a reality because a lot of waste from automobiles and industries have been emitted unchecked for a long time into the air. It is a food for thought for Zimbabwean leadership and scientists since Zimbabwe is a member of the International Panel for Climate and recognizable bodies. The farmers and the general Zimbabwean populace require education and information in critical areas of environmental/air pollution , water conservation, climate change adaptation  and finding   innovative  agricultural solutions  as adaptive  measures to the effects of Elnino. Zimbabwe depends on agriculture and lack  food means  poor nutrition  and continuity  of hunger  and poverty and again in that case the country will need to fork more budget  on feeding schemes and drought relief  instead of  developing  the hardly hit Zimbabwean economy. Many children are failing to attend school and hospitals are awash with malnutrition related and waterborne diseases like kwashiokoir  , diarrhoea , typhoid , dysentery  and  others.  Several women and girls are being abused sexually, mentally  and  physically  as they go  around their errands to try and make ends meet in search  of decent social life , food and water leading to more despondency , spread of STIS and  moral decadency i the  country.  Southern Africa Water Partnership  with the Zimbabwe Water Partnership and  other  regional  and international bodies  and organisations  like  FAO  and Practical Action  are    putting  serious measures for sustainable food and water economy for Zimbabwe  through working  with Young people , women  and   grassroots  communities  in  the preservation of water and sustainable methods of producing  food  for themselves and their communities. Such prevalent problems should be averted through various   governmental agricultural, water and food infrastructure development programs and policies. Zimbabwe boast of a learned  generation  that  is supposed to  design  innovative measures to  stop poverty and hunger  in the country  that have since  ravaged  the country since  two decades ago . Zimbabweans deserve a better  and decent  lifestyle.  The lives  of vulnerable  communities  like women ,girls , young girls and youth is under threat   under such  social  , economic and climatic  burdens.

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This post was submitted in response to Speaking Out for Change.


Dear Mbizo,

I am one of the many Africans who have not thoroughly studied/understood climate change patterns and its attendant socio-economic effects. Thank you so much for this expository article. Indeed, I have never imagined that the negative effects of climate change are so far reaching!

Best of all, I love the solutions you have proposed to tackle the myriad of problems. You never know who might be listening...Keep Speaking!

Stay Amazing!


Founder, Girl Pride Circle


We all die. The goal is not to live forever, but to create something that will.

Thank you for reading and responding to the article . Iam quite humbled . Iam quite grateful  together we make a  better world if  not best.

Mbizo ChirashaInternational Perfomances Poet, Writer ,Creative/Literary Projects SpecialistFounder/Creative Director- Girlchildcreativity Project

Hello Mbizo,

wow.... what an eye-opening article! So many issues to work on in Zimbabwe. Climate change is having such massive impacts on some parts of the world, while some of us here in the US just sit back and try to deny it. 

Yes, it is crucial that the farmers and the Zimbabwean population need to be educated on environmental pollution, water conservation, etc. Implementing government policies to address these issues is necessary. 

Thank you so much for highlighting these challenges in Zimbabwe. It is so refreshing to read your post, instead of reading a mainstream media journalist's biased and censored article. 

Take care! And I will be following your writing and art! I am a huge fan of performance poetry! :)



Thank  you very much Alexandra. Keep the spirit . I am quite humbled by your writings . You seem to be a good reader . Keep on keeping . I am glad that we have meet at this  wonderful platform. Together we save the world , our mothers , brothers , sisters and daughters. We are  together in shaping the world.

Mbizo ChirashaInternational Perfomances Poet, Writer ,Creative/Literary Projects SpecialistFounder/Creative Director- Girlchildcreativity Project