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70% Shortfall in Farm Production Due to Drought and Land Reforms Leads to Severe Food Insecurity in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe is facing a severe food shortage crisis, leaving thousands in desperate need due to devastating droughts and historical land reform policies. The country’s struggle to achieve self-sufficiency in food production has worsened since 2thousand due to the appropriation of white-owned farms which significantly disrupted agricultural output.

Compounded by an El Nino-induced drought affecting several southern African countries, the Zimbabwean government estimates 2.7 million people will experience hunger this year although actual figures may be higher. The country’s main crop, maize, is anticipated to yield only half of its usual harvest. With the government pondering a declaration of a state of emergency, the situation of those affected highlights the urgent need for increased aid and long-term solutions to food insecurity in the region.

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Hibernating Bumblebee Queens Surprisingly Can Survive Underwater For Days

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After some bumblebee queens were accidentally submerged in water and survived, researchers found them to be surprisingly tolerant of flooding.

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This Newfound Longhorn Beetle Species Is Unusually Fluffy

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Discovered in Australia, the beetle is covered in whitish hairs and has distinctive eye lobes, antennae and leg shapes.

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50 Years Ago, Scientists Wondered How Birds Find Their Way Home

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In the 1970s, lab tests hinted that birds can navigate using magnetic fields. New studies suggest that beak and eye proteins are behind the ability.

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