Zim food worries after drought
22 November 2011, 09:25
Harare - More than 1 million Zimbabweans may struggle to feed
themselves in the coming months, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned
on Monday, noting a poor harvest in several areas of the country.
has just entered its rainy season which will last until March. The
local economy is still suffering from years of mismanagement and the
global downturn is also hindering growth.
"Most at risk are
low-income families hit by failed harvests, and households with orphans
and vulnerable children," said the UN's WFP.
"Although food is
generally available in many rural areas, it is too expensive for those
with limited resources," the agency said in a statement, which called
for foreign donors to give $42m for food aid to Zimbabwe.
southern African country, once renowned as a regional breadbasket,
started receiving food aid in 2001, a year after the government launched
a takeover of white-owned farms that was widely condemned abroad.
The coming months are also expected to see some political turmoil, as the coalition between President Robert Mugabe and former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai shows signs of wear.