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Nov 23, 2011

Zimbabwe Food Aid Needed for 1 Million

On 23 November 2011, IRIN reported that an estimated one million people in Zimbabwe are struggling with hunger, unable to meet their basic food needs.

ZIMVAC Food Security Status Map
(areas in red, high food insecurity)
Since 2010, food production has dropped due to rain shortages and lack of capital that allows farmers to plan and purchase agricultural inputs.  In 2010-11, approximately 15% of the population needed food assistance.  For 2011-2012, this figure is estimated at 12%.  These statistics have been compiled by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC), a government-led consortium of UN agencies, official bodies and non-governmental organizations which conducts annual food security assessments.

To meet the demand for food, the government of Zimbabwe has had to import cereals and rely on food aid. The areas most affected are the southern and western regions of the country including Masvingo and Matabeleland North and South provinces.

The United Nations World Food Programme has a food aid program in place that provides food distributions, cash transfers and food vouchers to assist low-income households and families with orphans and vulnerable children.  It is currently looking to raise US$42 million to help with this outreach.

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