Monday, December 30, 2019

Zimbabwe facing worst hunger crisis in 10 years

Zimbabwe is facing the worst hunger crisis in 10 years, a deputy director of the World Food Programme (WPF), who addressed the issue in the capital Harare, said on Monday.

“More than half of the population of 14 million people is threatened by food insecurity,” deputy director Niels Balzer said.

Balzer added that it was as a result of drought and decades of mismanagement under the long-term ruler Robert Mugabe, who died in September.

The WFP plans to distribute food from abroad to 4.1 million people, especially in rural areas.

“As things stand, we will run out of food by end of February, coinciding with the peak of the hunger season, when needs are at their highest,’’ Balzer said.

The situation was aggravated by the fact that this year’s rain season started late, he added.

Our prayers from Nigeria are with them.