Food crisis looming in Zim

HARARE - The United Nations food agency says Zimbabwe is facing “a looming food crisis” with 2,2 million people — one in four of the rural population — expected to need emergency aid in coming months.

The UN World Food Programme said yesterday additional food handouts will start next month and will be scaled up until the next harvests in March.

The agency said rising hunger, mostly in southern districts, was caused by erratic weather, the high cost and shortages of seed and fertiliser in the troubled economy and a 15 percent rise in prices for the corn staple after poor harvests this year.

In years of political and economic turmoil, Zimbabwe needed regular food handouts. About 1,4 million people in the population of 13 million received food aid last year.


Comments (8)

Didn't the UN hear Mr Mugabe saying Zim. should be left alone? So, do it, and let Zim. feed itself.

Joe Cool - 4 September 2013

Vanhu veZim musashandiswe nepaper rinongoshora zvakanaka,basa kuchema nekushora va nhu veZim.Whose interests are furthering handisati ndaona pamunoshora muchena chenyu kushora munhu mutema ,munonyadzisa imi

cobra - 4 September 2013

pfungwa dzeharahwa dzinodzoka kuve dzemwana mudiki,Mugabe haakwire denga ndinokuudzai,vanhu vanokwanisa kukununura dambudziko rako ndivo veunotuka haikona mhani

Mudzukuru Jende - 4 September 2013

@ Cobra. Hatisvori ganda. Tinosvora ubenzi hwemunhu. Usavharwe ruono rwako ne propaganda yeganda mudiwa . That was relevant panguva yazvo, not now.

James - 4 September 2013

imwi musanyeberwe nevapambifumi ava nezvibwa-sungata zvavo . vamugabe will provide we have had many droughts since 1980 and hatina kana one akafa nezhara wani!

mwana wevhu - 5 September 2013

Hatishinge nenzara yedu iyoyo Blair keep your England and I will keep my Zimbabwe

chakatipu - 5 September 2013

@joe cool when were we fed by anyone?? woti kana usingagoni kurima unoguta here? think like an adult not like a kindergarten pupil akamirira baba kuti vamubhadharire fees kuti azowana kudya. scoff. nxaa.

Hlongwane Spinach - 5 September 2013

Its so frightening that when the objective truth is being told Zanu PF runs intio a defensive mood.The truth here is that this year people will need foodhandouts from the Well wishers.We can not feed ourselves.People do not eat patriotism, sovereignity and natinalism people eat food.The very people who are eating and their bellies are full are the same who are denying those who are hungry and not hungry.What a pity.Its a country for the chosen few.They eat (wosura on our behalf) and they hit and silence us when we complain of the smell.Cry our beloved Zimbabwe.We depend on South Africa to employ and feed our people.Poor u shortsighted countrymen who are coerced to attend all national ceremonies yet you can not give your own relatives decent burials.

matida matida - 5 September 2013

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