Posted by: africanpressorganization | 10 October 2008

Zimbabwe / Food shortages



Zimbabwe /
Food shortages


HARARE, Zimbabwe, October 10, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General And the spokesperson for the General Assembly president




With more than 5 million Zimbabweans facing severe food shortages, the World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $140 million to provide vital relief rations over the next six months.


Without additional contributions, WFP warned it will run out of stocks in January — at the very peak of the crisis.


Millions of Zimbabweans have already run out of food or are surviving on just one meal a day, and the crisis is going to get much worse in the coming months, according to the World Food Programme.


The situation is already critical in many rural areas.  A large number of farmers harvested little — if anything — this year and have now exhausted their meagre stocks.  Many hungry families are reportedly living on one meal a day, exchanging precious livestock for buckets of maize or eating wild foods, such as baobab and amarula

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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