Hit by wild weather, Africa moves to modernise its forecasting
NAIROBI, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After five years of poor rains, Mcharo Mwanyumba, a farmer in southeast Kenya, was looking forward to a bumper harvest of maize and millet from his 6-acre (2.4-hectare) plot this August. But then heavy rains pounded the area four days in a row for hours on end. His crop was submerged and destroyed, and his family of six displaced."What should have been a blessing has turned into a nightmare," the Taita Taveta County farmer lamented. His harvest this year, he said, was less than during recent drought years when he harvested no more than two bags of maize. Like thousands of other residents of the area – and millions of people around the world - Mwanyumba is struggling to cope with increasingly wild weather, including unexpected swings between drought and floods.