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2.2 Million Zimbabweans Face Massive Food Shortages – UN

Published: September 3, 2013


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Zimbabwe:2.2 Million Zimbabweans Face Massive Food Shortages, United Nations Says
The United Nations’ WPFP program estimates that 2.2 million Zimbabweans will go hungry within the next 4 months.

The body says one in four of the rural population- expected to need food assistance during the pre-harvest period early next year.

This is the highest since early 2009 when more than half the population required food support, the report says.

The extent of predicted hunger is revealed in the recently-published Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) rural livelihoods report which estimates food security levels and identifies affected areas. The study is led by the Government with support from the UN and other partners.

“Many districts, particularly in the south, harvested very little and people are already trying to stretch out their dwindling food stocks,” says UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Sory Ouane. “WFP is working closely with the Government and partners to respond to the looming food crisis and will start food and cash distributions to the most vulnerable in October.”

The report says that to meet the increased needs, WFP and its partners will provide regionally-procured cereals as well as imported vegetable oil and pulses. Cash transfers will be used in selected areas to afford people flexibility and help support local markets.Distributions will be gradually scaled up from October until harvest time in March next year.

The current high levels of food insecurity are being attributed to various factors including adverse weather conditions, the unavailability and high cost of agricultural inputs such as seeds and fertilisers and projected high cereal prices due to the poor maize harvest. WFP monitoring in rural markets has found grain prices 15 percent higher than this time last year.

In 2012, for the first time, the Government of Zimbabwe contributed some US$10 million worth of grain from domestic stocks towards a joint relief operation with WFP and partners. This programme provided food assistance to some 1.4 million people in 37 rural districts. Read the full report here: 

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19 Comments on "2.2 Million Zimbabweans Face Massive Food Shortages – UN"

  1. Top African Historian on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 12:56 pm 


  2. Comrade Naked on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 1:00 pm 

    Castrate all Shona donkeys or ban them from eating rats ngoba them bred kakhulu,they are over populated in a sense that they have taken up all agriculture space (obambazonke). We can’t stay like that k!

  3. Kamudhosvo on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 1:50 pm 

    Nikuv deliberatly destroyed our population records, the figure is much higher. We hope Israel will force Nikuv to refund the Zimbabwean government $10million as this money was inappropriately used. That money should have bought maize to feed millions . The problem with vote rigging Mugabe never anticipated the problems he has to solve before an uprising, noone would be prepared to die of hunger especially when he knows he never voted for Mugabe.

  4. Steel Wire on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 2:45 pm 

    COMRADE NAKED—I think your rantings and ravings are enough,we have heard enough of you.Mr Editor, please take note. I think are running out of steamm now. You have failed beyond reasonable doubt, your head need to be examined by Nuerosurgeon as a matter of urgence because of your rantings….wave kutodhunya m’zaya…why do you continue using offside comments on a public platform? Your vulgar is out of context. If you don’t have anything to say keeep quiet. We need reasonable comments on this sight. Period!!!

  5. Comrade Naked on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 3:03 pm 

    Steel wire,what is freedom of expression?. You will find ukuthi you have got 15 children in the name of Shonalizing everything. How are you going to fed them? By demolishing nature?

  6. Jumpdaki on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 3:57 pm 

    Hey, hey, hey steel ***** you say enough is enough what do you want to do about it, to the honourable Cde Naked. You want the editor to fight in your corner IDIOT!

    To you Comrade Naked, Jumpdaki has been silent for sometime but has been working veryhard and look what I have discovered comrade. Uneducated as I am I have discovered that Zimbabwe where the Greydonkey comes from, or as we know it today is the only country with 2 reserve banks, 2 high courts and 2 statehouses. Jumpdaki also lent that this is so because these are two countries that were unified by colonialists and this explains why Mthwakazi and Mashand has one of each. Thank you comrade tell others who do not use their arse for thinking like Steel *****.

  7. Jumpdaki on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 4:05 pm 

    Comrade Naked is angry today and no mistake about that he is angry indeed. Editor keep up the work, no censoring of adults, just leave the cry babies to fart and cry. We want to play it very rough.

    Things are going to be called by their real names. Those who swallow the seed of the amarula fruit must know the size of their anus. A spade is a spade and not a flat shovel. Thank you mr editor, battle lines have been drawn in the sand. Yours Sincerely Jumpdaki.

  8. Greyhora on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 4:06 pm 

    Very very stupid observation by a very very stupid Jumpkaka, so is that your eureka moment you Nakedog’s *****? You make some of us laugh!!! Where is the second reserve bank of Zimbabwe *****? A country can have an arbitrary number of high courts and state houses, so stop making a fool of yourself and go back to mahumbwe with Nakedog, nja engafundanga!

  9. Comrade Naked on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 4:20 pm 

    Cde Jumpdaki ungatshaya umgaxa ngephathaphatha umniniyo uyavela. Naba bayavela.

  10. Ndumiso on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 4:33 pm 

    Vala omlonyana wakho wena ******* esingu Dung beetle,who do you think you are to belittle my respectable comrades? are you not aware that you are just a useless piece of rubbish?ungumtshaza nje womuntu.

  11. Anti zanu six mabone. on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 4:43 pm 

    Jumpduck,naked.ndumiso take yo ARV’s little boys its nearly six oclock now.u are talking nonsense hear.u a mentally ill nw.take yo ARV’s immediately u will get well soon and u will b back to stable condition bt critically ill.

  12. Hlafunana Magade on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 5:43 pm 

    Hayi mani hantsho intsaru lamakepesi kukhona kunengi futhi. Abantu bazakudla ikakhulu intsaru
    lu iyaphekeka sibili umuntu angayipheka kuhle. Apa ndirikuti ini inga ntsaru dziripo wani. Vanhu vachabika ntsaru bachisevesa nemakepesi. Zvinonaka huye zvichisimbisa muviri chaizvo. Matisheti akanyorwa anadevelopment etc inenge iri thi

  13. La Liga on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 6:00 pm 

    This makes grime reading especially when the Zanu Pf government is planning to create a garden of Eden at the Victoria Falls. Similarly the United Nations chose Zimbabwe to be ambassador of tourism. Is this not stupid? Hunger striken Zimbabweans I’m sorry to say Zanu Pf will finish us.

  14. mthoe on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 6:32 pm 


  15. Jumpdaki on Wed, 4th Sep 2013 10:06 am 

    Six Mabolo kikik dull like all holes leg by a chief refugee and yellow poridge sucker Greydonkey. Wena nja ecabana ukuthi eGwelo akulamandebele I was with Chief Sogwala in lower Gwelo yesterday.

    Like it or not I am not here to educate sellouts but to insult them until they beg unsuccessfuly ask for the editor’s protection. Sellouts ZPF has won the 2018 elections tell me what you will do about it zi****** mathe.

  16. Jumpdaki on Wed, 4th Sep 2013 10:07 am 

    Lalinja hunger what, keep tuning on to CNN basta*d dog, so sayeth ME.

  17. Craig Seven on Wed, 4th Sep 2013 2:04 pm 

    This can’t be true! With a prosperous Land Reform Programme like ours, Zimababwe is the bread basket of Africa.
    Even foreigners are lining up to invest here and give us 51% of what they bring.
    The Chinese, our friends from the East will see to it that we don’t starve.
    Let them keep their lands and will keep our Zimbabwe. LOL!!!!

  18. Gukurahundi upbringing on Wed, 4th Sep 2013 4:43 pm 

    Land redistribution gukurahundi-style!!

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