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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 08:44

Zimbabwe Faces Hunger

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"Harare –Britain and the United States have reportedly launched a programme to rescue at least 650 000 Zimbabwean hunger victims, with the two countries pledging to provide up to $43m for food aid. This came as the World Food Programme (WFP) said inAugust that around 1.5 million Zimbabweans were expected to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production. Reports indicated that Zimbabwe needed to import at least 700 000 tons of maize from neighbouring countries to avert a food crisis, with analysts saying this would cost the country's cash-strapped treasury around $224m...

Since 2000, Zimbabwe has struggled to feed its people due to droughts and President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks, which badly affected commercial agriculture. At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms. Mugabe's critics often blame the programme for low production on the farms and national food insecurity.

 

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