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SWAZILAND: Fledgling environmental authority up against big businessIRIN News | 18 Jan 2012
MBABANE 18 January 2012 (IRIN) - Recently hundreds of dead fish floated to the surface of a stream which was the only water source for a rural community in Swaziland's drought-prone eastern region. A local sugar processing plant admitted to accidentally discharging toxic effluent into the stream, and brought in water tanks to supply the community until clean-up operations could be completed.
Twin Boost for TB Treatment in Swazilandips.org | 08 Apr 2011
The fight against tuberculosis in Swaziland will be reinforced on two fronts this month. A new tool for the quick and accurate diagnosis of TB will begin its roll out and a monthly stipend for treatment supporters will help ensure patients get through the lengthy and unpleasant course of TB drugs. Swaziland declared TB a national emergency on Mar. 24, World Tuberculosis Day. Swaziland has an estimated 11,000 TB patients, including 400 who have drug resistant strains of the disease.
Swaziland: Middle-Income Status Reflects Only Kings Lifestyleips.org | 04 Apr 2011
While Swaziland struggles to alleviate its fiscal crisis with foreign aid because of its World Bank classification as a lower middle-income country, the government has increased the budget for King Mswati III, Africas last remaining absolute monarch and one of the richest royals in the world. This...
SWAZILAND: Government suspends pensionsIRIN News | 23 Mar 2011
Swaziland's government, feeling the pinch of a growing financial crisis, has suspended this quarters pensions for the elderly and redirected the money to pay the school fees of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). "[Government] will utilize the funds allocated for the elderly grants, since they...
SWAZILAND: Where have the poor people gone?IRIN News | 14 Mar 2011
There are fewer poor people in Swaziland today than a decade ago, according to data from a new household economic survey. The government has hailed the report as proof that its poverty-reduction efforts are working, but social welfare organizations say the real reason is the high death rate among the poor.
AFRICA; Swaziland in Crisis as Customs Union Revenue Is Slashedips.org | 10 Feb 2011
Apart from the looming job losses in Swazilands public sector, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have also warned of retrenchments following the governments decision to suspend procurement from small businesses. The government of the southern African autocratic monarchy has been forced to cut expenditure after its receipts from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) shrunk by 60 percent.
Heavy Rains Welcome in the Mountain Kingdomips.org | 07 Feb 2011
Theres nothing quite like the enthusiasm that rises from the earth when rains come at last to a drought-stricken region. While heavy rains have caused extensive flooding across Southern Africa, with fears of worse to come, in at least one corner of the region the community is gazing with joy at an overflowing dam. For 20 years, residents of Siphofaneni and surrounding areas in the eastern Lowveld area of Swaziland have survived on food rations for want of rain to grow their own crops.
SWAZILAND: Deluge leaves farmers with weed-infested fieldsIRIN News | 10 Jan 2011
Heavy rain since November 2010 has ensured crops in the traditionally dry parts of food-insecure Swaziland have enough water, but for the 80 percent of the population who are subsistence farmers on communal land, the showers are less welcome, due to the sudden growth spurt of weeds, and flooded fields.
IPS Inter Press Service – Telling Africa's Untold Stories » SWAZILAND: Scramble to ...ips.org | 01 Nov 2010
November will see the World Food Programme launch its Food by Prescription programme in Swaziland, but tens of thousands in urgent need of food aid are set to go without as a donor shortfall restricts assistance. It has now been almost a year since 74-year-old Reuben Mamba has received food rations at Macetjeni, a few kilometres outside the commercial hub of Manzini.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Adapt or PerishInter Press Service | 07 Sep 2010
A changing climate will prompt changes in behaviour across Southern Africa. And when it comes to adaptation, Swazi farmer Bongani Phakathi is a frustrated man a few steps ahead of his neighbours. "I dont allow cattle to graze in my field because livestock degrades the soil – not only by eating all the maize stalks and leaving the soil bare, but also by stamping on the ground," Phakathi told IPS.
Swaziland: After Cyclone, Alien Seeds Cause Environmental ProblemsAllAfrica.com | 08 Jun 2010
The effects of Cyclone Demonia are still being felt a quarter of a century after it ripped through landlocked Swaziland. The once-in-a-generation storm system swept in from the Indian Ocean and across neighbouring Mozambique, devastating infrastructure and sowing death among the Swazis, but its lasting legacy was the alien plant seeds that the winds carried.
Swaziland: Prize-Winning Attorney Assures Environmental Groups Are HeardAllAfrica.com | 30 Apr 2010
When Swaziland's Environment Ministry denied NGOs full representation in environmental management discussions, environmentalist and public affairs attorney Thuli Brilliance Makama led a three-year legal fight to ensure the groups had a seat at the table. For her work on Swaziland's environment policy, Makama eventually won the prestigious Goldman Prize.
Simple Solution - Save RainwaterInter Press Service | 30 Jan 2009
It's so early, the frogs are still croaking, as women push forward holding firmly onto their buckets while dodging cattle that are also scrambling for water in the pond at Gebeni.
Swaziland: Low input funding means low yieldsIRIN News | 20 Aug 2008
Erratic weather and a prolonged dry spell caused Swaziland to record its lowest ever maize harvest in April 2007; although the 2008 harvest was double the size, it is still not enough, and a lack of funds to meet the zooming price of inputs means people might have to go hungry again next year.
Africa: Food SecurityThe Swazi Observer | 07 Aug 2008
One of the most critical problems facing Africa and the world today is food security.
Swaziland receives agricultural funding from FAOafrol News | 24 Jul 2008
UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is providing assistance to Swaziland farmers to boost agricultural production for enhanced food security for next cropping season.
Swaziland: Input trade fairs boost harvestsThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | 23 Jul 2008
With food prices hitting record highs world wide, FAO is helping implement urgent measures to increase food production in the most affected countries. In Swaziland Input trade fairs enable poor farmers boost their crops.
Swaziland: Humans causing climate change?The Swazi Observer | 21 Jul 2008
Whether human actions are causing climate change is much debated even among CPTM members with arguments that humans are a causal factor in climate change.
Swaziland: To Relocate or Not To Relocate?Inter Press Service | 03 Mar 2008
Climate change appears to have permanently altered certain areas of east and southern Swaziland, where good harvests have not been achieved for over a decade.