Drought-hit Zimbabwe farmers look to science to save crops
|A technician holds a drone used to scout a plot of a heat-tolerant hybrid maize growing at the Chiredzi Research Station in Zimbabwe. Photo by: Jekesai Njikizana (AFP/File)|
Under the scorching Zimbabwean sun, cattle seek shade among stunted thorn bushes in the drought-prone district of Zaka, where crops wither due to increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns.
Severe lack of rain across southern Africa has hit the country hard, with government officials saying a quarter of the population faces starvation. Many villagers are forced to survive on wild fruit.