US donates $10m more for Zimbabwe's hungry
22 October 2013, 16:32
Cape Town – The United States has donated an additional $10m
towards addressing looming food shortages in Zimbabwe, according to a report, bringing
the total assistance in 2013 from the US to Zimbabwe for hunger and relief to
US Agency for International Development (USAID)'s mission
director in Zimbabwe, Melissa Williams, said humanitarian assessments continued
to indicate that significant numbers of people in Zimbabwe required seasonal
assistance to meet their minimum food needs, according to VOA.
The US assistance comes a few weeks after the Zimbabwe
Vulnerability Assessment Committee revealed that at least 2.2 million
Zimbabweans faced hunger and that they would need food assistance early next
The committee also revealed that 1.5 million people were
Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party blames sanctions for the food shortages
while the opposition Movement for Democratic Change cites violent land grabs
and Zanu-PF's failure to introduce a comprehensive land policy as the problem.
Zimbabwe started experiencing serious food deficits over a
decade ago after President Robert Mugabe's government embarked on a violent
land reform programme.
At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from