World Food Program Plans Food Relief For Zimbabweans

An official has stated that the World Food Programme (WFP) is preparing a food distribution program for 700,000 people in Zimbabwe starting in October as the consequences of a bad harvest and the Ukraine war are still being felt.

According to the WFP, the Zimbabwean government is collaborating with agencies to deliver food help for 3.8 million people.

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Since Robert Mugabe, the country’s former leader, advocated for the seizure of white-owned farms in order to rehabilitate landless Black people, the southern African nation has struggled to feed itself.

Due to inadequate rainfall during the growing season of 2021–2022, the Zimbabwean government has predicted that the country’s staple maize crop will drop by almost half this year, to 1.56 million tonnes, from a multi-year high of 2.72 million tonnes.

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The country requires 2.2 million tonnes of maize annually for human and livestock consumption.

WFP said it had budgeted $40 million for the food aid programme to cushion millions over the peak of the hunger season from October, when poor households run out of food stocks, to March, when harvesting starts.

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