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Zimbabwe: Zim Hunger Crisis Rises to Alarming Levels

Zimbabwe’s food situation is worsening by the day as more than 4,3 million people will be food insecure by June this year a food crisis report has revealed.

According to the Global Report on Food Crises for the year 2020 which was produced and recently released by the Food Security Information Network, the Zimbabwean government is highly incapacitated to provide food for the country due to a number of issues, key being the poor performance of the economy.

“The alarming acute food insecurity situation is expected to worsen in 2020. Persisting economic difficulties have eroded the resilience of households.

“Given limited indications that there will be a significant turnaround in the economy during the first half of 2020, households are likely to continue to face severe food access constraints,” reads part of the report.

With the coronavirus on Zimbabwe’s doors, the government has channelled most resources towards fighting the pandemic leaving the country in a desperate situation in as far as food provision is concerned.

“Early rainfall deficits caused permanent wilting of crops in localized areas, while erratic rainfall is expected to result in a decline in crop productivity in the 2019/2020 season.

“The on-going economic crisis has hindered farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, causing a reduction in the area planted with maize.

“The 2020 harvest is forecast to remain below the five-year average, which would sustain a tight supply situation and curtail potential earnings from crop sales for farming households. As a result, the acutely food-insecure rural population in need of urgent action is estimated at 4.3 million up to June 2020 (IPC, March 2020),” the report says.