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Growing Climate Migration Threatens Livestock Farmers in Zimbabwe’s Highlands – September 6, 2018

Refugees from the lowlands are settling on areas reserved for livestock pastures, wetlands, and even river banks

Ernest Munyama, a smallholder livestock and crop farmer in eastern Zimbabwe’s Mpudzi Resettlement area, looks weary and apprehensive. His herd of cattle dwindling fast as grazing land is becoming scarce in this part of the country. Munyama blames the dwindling pastures on the ballooning number of people migrating from the region’s lower dry areas to the Eastern Highlands in search of good soils, water, and pastures.

farmers walk through banana fieldphoto courtesy of Andrew Mambondiyani/Thomson Reuters Foundation A banana field in Zimbabwe’s Buma Valley in the Eastern Highlands. Increasingly unpredictable rainfall in the lowlands has led to an influx of climate refugees in the region.

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by: Andrew Mambondiyani

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