Archive: Drought


News & Analysis

Generating electricity from fossil fuels has a hidden cost: South Africa’s already scarce supply of fresh water.

Explainer Livestock drink from water source

Climate change is impacting agriculture, farmers’ livelihoods and the price of our food. Action is essential to safeguard food security.

Explainer Field of maize crop

Mitigating climate change and increasing domestic food production can help to address food insecurity and rising prices.

Explainer Various bowls of seeds, grains and pulses

Climate change and supply chain disruptions impacted food availability and affordability in 2022, causing double-digit inflation for many key items.

Explainer Wicker basket containing celery, tomatoes, sweet potato, courgettes, carrots and citrus fruit. Butternut squash just out of shot. Everything looks fresh.

Food prices are affected by overall price inflation, but they are also an inflation driver in their own right.

Explainer Aerial view of World's End, Blyde River Canyon

South Africa is experiencing a number of environmental issues, including global warming, pollution and species loss.

Explainer Deep red sky with sun and clouds

Global warming is making extreme events, such as heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, floods and tropical storms, more frequent and severe.

News & Analysis Drought-stricken barren landscape with cracked earth

The IMF is sounding the alarm as climate change threatens to worsen food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Explainer Farm workers harvesting crops and hauling boxes of produce

The cascading effects of climate change impact our ability to produce food, leading to food insecurity and increased food prices.

Explainer Field of wheat crop in front of mountain

Agriculture is both a victim and culprit of climate change. The sector is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and is acutely vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Explainer Dry, cracked soil due to drought

A drought refers to a period of time when an area experiences lower-than-average precipitation. South Africa faces an increasing risk from drought due to climate change.

Explainer Photograph of an intricately patterned glass dome, taken from underneath

The main greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2), produced by burning fossil fuels. South Africa is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases on the African continent.

Explainer Aerial view of crops being harvested by machine

Farming is a thriving, robust and diverse sector in South Africa, consisting of both commercial and subsistence farms.