Tawanda Karombo is a journalist based in Harare, Zimbabwe, who specializes in sub-Saharan Africa, covering climate, environment, health, economics and all things Catholic in southern Africa. Contact him at tawakarombo@yahoo.co.uk and follow him on Twitter at @tawakarombo.

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In Africa, farmers learn new methods for facing drought, floods

To head off deadly consequences of climate change and help farmers adapt, Catholic agencies are funding agro-ecology learning centers and solar-powered community wells in southern African countries. 

Mozambique besieged by insurgency a year after papal visit

A year after Pope Francis' visit to Mozambique, where he lauded leaders for forging a peace deal, the nation is now besieged by an Islamic insurgency that has displaced hundreds of thousands.

Zimbabwean bishops hope their criticism of government stirs national dialogue

The bishops' pastoral letter was deeply reflective of what Zimbabweans have been saying on social media using the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter. The pastoral letter said the struggle in Zimbabwe has "resulted in a multi-layered crisis of the convergence of economic collapse, deepening poverty, food insecurity, corruption and human rights abuses."

Catholic relief agencies in Africa step in as pandemic impacts mental health

In sub-Saharan Africa, Catholic relief agencies, priests and mental health experts are having to double up their efforts as a result of the increased number of people living with mental health conditions because of COVID-19 stressors.