Articles tagged 'hunger'

'Corruption, insecurity driving food insecurity' 8 March 2017 BULAWAYO - Poor management, corruption and politicking are the major drivers of food insecurity in Zimbabwe, a think-tank — Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) — has said. Presenting a paper on humanitarian aid in the country at a Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ)-organised forum yester...
Food aid graft worsens hunger 5 February 2017 HARARE - Rampant corruption in food aid is worsening the suffering of Zimbabweans hit by drought, a rights group has warned, with Zanu PF politicians allegedly sabotaging food distribution and giving it out where it was not needed to win support. Nearly five million Zimbabweans require food as...
US gives $4m more to fight famine 1 February 2017 HARARE - The United States will give an additional $4 million in aid for fighting famine in Zimbabwe, with the funding coming from President Donald Trump’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar). The new money — which comes on top of US assistance was announced on Monday — and would bring tot...
Aid agencies' pull-out threat a nightmare 28 October 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's regime continues to manipulate the magnanimous relief effort by western governments and aid agencies, forcing the humanitarian agencies to make painful choices — either to stop dealing with the rogue and unsavoury government or turning their back on needy civili...
Kicking hunger out of young tummies 23 October 2016 HARARE - As hunger may stalk up to about six million Zimbabweans by January 2017, various organisations have moved in to save multitudes of children from starvation — as both urban and rural populations have been affected. Government — through aid agencies — has begun implementing schools feed...
Drought's double blow to Zim 23 October 2016 HARARE - The dire water crisis across Zimbabwe, as a result of a prolonged El Niño-induced drought, has not only seen millions starve but is now posing a serious health hazard in the country, with the Health ministry warning of communicable disease — cholera and typhoid — eruptions. Last week,...
Special Fund enhances food security 17 October 2016 HARARE - Since the chaotic land reform programme of 2000 — Zimbabwe has witnessed a massive 58 percent decrease in agricultural production and only the timely intervention of support partners has mitigated the situation, an analysis by the Zimbabwe Value Chain reveals. On the backdrop of worse...
Zim: From drought to floods 25 September 2016 HARARE - As Zimbabwe moves from El Nino to La Nina, the number of food insecure Zimbabweans will rise to nearly six million by January 2017 from 4,1 million. El Nino, a climatic condition characterised by droughts which ravaged the country in the 2015/2016 agricultural season, is likely to be ...
Starvation stalks Africa 24 September 2016 HARARE - Africa will only be able to feed 13 percent of its two billion-plus population in 2050, if governments such as Zimbabwe do not take measures to address climate change, experts warned. Currently, at least a third of Zimbabwe’s 14 million population faces hunger due to the devastating e...
Japan rescues starving Zvishavane villagers 18 September 2016 HARARE - More than 10 000 starving Zvishavane villagers are set to benefit from a $2,9 million Japanese government grant. The grant is on the back of the Zimbabwe Vulnerability and Assessment Committee (ZimVac) identifying Zvishavane as one of Zimbabwe’s 20 most food insecure districts. Jap...
'Food aid politicisation affecting children' 14 September 2016 HARARE - Children are the hardest-hit by Zanu PF's continued politicisation of food aid and abuse of other government-sponsored programmes, the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has said. In a statement, ZPP, an organisation that monitors peace in communities, said children are now suffering becaus...
'US guards against food aid politicisation' 10 September 2016 HARARE - The United States (US) said it has “robust mechanisms” to ensure that its food aid to Zimbabwe is not subject to any form of political manipulation. This comes after an investigation by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) found that Zanu PF is the major perpetrator of food aid...
'Zanu PF politicising food aid' 8 September 2016 HARARE - Zanu PF is the major perpetrator of the politicisation of food aid in drought-stricken areas, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has said. The finding is on the back of an investigation by ZHRC in food insecure areas that include Bikita East, Buhera North, Mazowe Central, Muz...
'Zim has 6 months food stocks' 27 August 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has enough food stocks to tackle the worsening food crisis for the next six months, Social Welfare minister Prisca Mupfumira said. This comes as a senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Albert Chikondo, said the number of people in urgent need o...
Zim food crisis worsens 24 August 2016 HARARE - Food insecurity levels have worsened to 79 percent from 30 percent in most drought-stricken provinces of Zimbabwe, a senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Albert Chikondo, said. He said despite government efforts to assist the affected people, there was...
Act on impending food shortages 19 August 2016 HARARE - South Africa-based NKC African Economics (NKC) this week warned the Zimbabwean government over the impending food shortages emanating from the El Nino-induced drought and the recently gazetted import restrictions. What is scary about this situation is that the country has been battlin...
Zim warned over food shortages 18 August 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to experience a spat of basic commodities price increases and food shortages in the coming months due to drought and recent import restrictions, a research firm has warned. South Africa-based NKC African Economics (NKC), cautioned that government's Statutory Instrument...
Hunger ravages Save Valley 29 July 2016 CHIPINGE - Hunger has ravaged the Save Valley, forcing villagers to migrate to other districts and even across the border. The elderly have resorted to door-to-door begging. The arid region has experienced poor harvests over the past two years, with the El-Niño- induced drought aggravating ...
'Hungry HIV+ patients at risk' 19 May 2016 HARARE - HIV-positive patients in drought-hit Zimbabwe could start abandoning their anti-retroviral regimens in droves, and leaders fear that unless more food becomes available, they will soon be dealing with drug resistance and death. The Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (Z...
Hunger stalks ordinary folk 1 May 2016 HARARE - Sitting under a tree and wearing a worn out Zanu PF cap, George Sibanda tries to ignore the rumblings of his stomach — his eyes are sunken and he says his whole family is hungry and dreadful of the future. Sibanda, a self-styled traditional healer, has 24 mouths to feed, including his...
The hellhole that Zim has become 29 April 2016 HARARE - As Zanu PF bigwigs continue to bludgeon each other politically, while the stampede to succeed President Robert Mugabe gets ever uglier, the lot of the majority of Zimbabweans is getting worse by the day — with many living in squalor and abject poverty. So bad has the situation become,...
Mugabe fiddles as drought shrivels crops 24 April 2016 UMZINGWANE - At least 70 percent of crops in Matabeleland South are wilting and reservoir water levels are at their lowest, agriculture experts have said. Yet President Robert Mugabe's government has not held a high-level meeting to discuss drought relief for farmers even as the Met Department...
Mat South children suffer malnutrion 23 April 2016 UMZINGWANE - Health authorities have warned that children here are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate treatment. Authorities warned of an unfolding humanitarian emergency in Matabeleland South Province. Children are struggling to recover from severe drought that ...
Zanu PF, MDC in 'hunger wars' 10 April 2016 HARARE - MDC councillor Clifford Nhamburo is up in arms with Zanu PF MP for Goromonzi East Beatrice Nyamupinga over food distribution in the area, as villagers fight an El nino-induced drought that has left at least four million people in dire need of food aid in the country. Nhamburo, who is ...
Food shortages rise as drought worsens 28 March 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe faces rising food shortages as drought, exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern worsens, the UN Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator has said. The strong El Nino episode has raised serious concerns regarding the impact on food insecurity, with harvests badly a...