ADDIS ABABA- Ethiopia has managed to successfully tackle the drought threat it is facing, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC).

The Cabinet has approved the Public Finance Management (National Drought Emergency Fund) Regulations, 2018.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize says there is R6bn allocated for disaster relief in the budget, and that more is coming through special disaster funds.

The government, in conjunction with World Bank, will pay 9,700 pastoralists affected by drought during the short rains season to help mitigate the effects.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba cracked opened a R6bn war chest to assist areas in the country hardest hit by drought, particularly the Western Cape and Cape Town.

Moves to save water and boost supply by Cape Town businesses would help in the future, Cape Chamber of Commerce president Janine Myburgh said this week.

Harare — The United Kingdom (UK) has granted Zimbabwe £21,5 million (R453.6 million) to increase capacities of vulnerable rural communities in the drought-prone Southern African country.

South Africa’s government has no immediate plans to allocate funds for drought alleviation in the water deprived Western Cape Province, Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told report

Penny Mordaunt, the secretary of state for international development, said Kenya had ‘taken responsibility’ by investing in its own people.

Rome — Cash handouts are the best way to support smallholder farmers struggling due to drought, but for farmers experiencing wetter weather, agricultural inputs such as fertilisers and pesticides h