World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Helping Families Recover From Drought In Swaziland

Helping families recover from the drought in Swaziland

Drought is not new to Swaziland. Many parts of the country frequently receive far too little rain. But this year has been different. On the back of poor harvests in 2006, the rains throughout the country failed again this year.

This year's maize production is the lowest annual harvest on record and 60 per cent below last year's.

With food still available in the markets, but now too expensive for most poor households, we're providing cash transfers to those who need it most for the first time since we began working in the country 40 years ago.

Our cash grants will help 45,000 of the poorest households in the Lowveld and Timber Highlands areas buy food, seeds, farm labour or even livestock to help them protect and recover their ways of living. When they buy items with their new cash, they will also help support local markets.

We have also developed an innovative partnership with Standard Bank and the national post office to help us distribute the monthly cash transfers efficiently and securely.

Opening a bank account will give families the opportunity to save money, receive remittance receipts and might even provide them with access to credit. We'll also be working hard to build people's financial literacy to help them maximise the opportunities available.

The programme is due to continue until April 2008 to tide people through until their next harvest.


More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news