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Zambezi River Basin Initiative (ZRBI)

An increase in the frequency, complexity and magnitude of natural disasters and epidemics in southern Africa, combined with socio-economic shocks, have conspired to exacerbate the vulnerability of communities across the region. Extreme weather conditions, influenced in part by climate change, are also undermining already low-levels of agricultural production. These factors, compounded of course by still stratospheric rates of HIV infection, have increased mortality and morbidity rates, malnutrition and the number of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and have sped up the depletion of household asset bases...

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