An estimated 1.1 million people in Zimbabwe have unreliable access to food, so agricultural experts are encouraging farmers to grow drought-resistant small grains. But because maize, the country’s staple crop, fetches a higher price, it may be an uphill battle.
Zimbabwe’s electricity grid is in bad shape, and the country is forced to import power from neighboring Mozambique and South Africa. As the government looks for energy self-sufficiency, and citizens look for ways to cut their energy bills at home, many are finding an alternative that seems to offer a sustainable solution: solar power.
Zimbabwe's economic crisis and high unemployment have made driving taxis a lucrative career option, but many drivers have opted to forgo a driver's license. They argue that corruption makes the official process more expensive than going without, but the country's high rate of traffic accidents makes the real cost nearly impossible to estimate.
Musicians in the densely populated suburbs around Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, gave birth in the 1980s to the genre of Zim dancehall, an adaptation of Jamaican dancehall and reggae. Today, the music is burgeoning, drawing fans from among the middle classes and portraying the realities of urban life in lyrics often sung in Shona, the language of the country's largest ethnic group.
Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.
In Zimbabwe, people with diabetes are cutting their dosages of vital insulin and feeling the adverse health consequences. Unable to get credit, the country’s pharmaceutical companies are increasing drug prices and can’t keep up with demand.
From the economic crisis to mental illness, Zimbabweans are seeking help from a variety of apostolic sects, many of which blend Christianity with traditional beliefs. One point of difference between sects is on the appropriateness of seeking revenge.