Zimbabwe suffering from severe drought, millions left food insecure

Zimbabwe suffering from severe drought, millions left food insecure

- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has come forward to declare that more than one third of households in the rural parts of Zimbabwe are suffering extreme food insecurity

- The programme are upping their support of the country and are in dire need of funds to help Zimbabwe

- According to the WFP, Mozambique has also suffered greatly in the past year, due to natural disaster and drought

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The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) is expressing its concern at the number of Zimbabweans who are food insecure.

Recent drought has contributed to this dire situation, resulting in one third of rural Zimbabwean households suffering from dangerous food insecurity.

According to UN News, this number will rise in the first months of 2020, when “lean season” hits from January to March.

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During this time, it has been estimated that 59 percent of Zimbabwean households will be food insecure.

If this is the case, over 5.5 million people will be left in this dire situation, Briefly.co.za gathered.

WFP Spokesperson, Herve Verhoosel, explained that these statistics meant that the WFP will have to scale up drastically by the beginning of 2020.

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“Given the scale and scope of the food insecurity in Zimbabwe, WFP is planning to scale up to assist over two million people,” Verhoosel said.

This hefty task will require $173 million, which is equal to over R2.4 billion.

Extreme weather events, including the recent cyclone Idai, as well as drought, have also rocked Mozambique, leaving the coastal country in a similarly desperate position when it comes to food security.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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