While South Africans celebrate the start of a new year, packed with opportunities, Zimbabweans are facing a grim reality. The United Nations has warned that food reserves will be depleted by February.
The United Nations feeds millions of Zimbabweans with their food reserves, but that will soon be coming to an end.
The South African reports that a drought in the country is threatening food crops and livestock, with maize production down 50%.
Niels Balzer, deputy country director at the World Food Programme, says that the country is desperate for donations and pledges to the tune of around R3 billion or 200 000 metric tonnes of food.
If this sizable fortune can not be met, Zimbabwe will be left helpless against the threat of drought and starvation:
“As things stand, we will run out of food by end of February, coinciding with the peak of the hunger season – when needs are at their highest. Firm pledges are urgently needed as it can take up to three months for funding commitments to become food on people’s tables."
The situation is truly life and death for some, explains Balzer, who called on the world to lend a hand:
“While WFP now has the staff, partners, trucking and logistics capacity in place for a major surge in Zimbabwe, it is essential that we receive the funding to be able to fully deliver. The lives of so many depend on this.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the nation is fighting against crippling blackouts, which further prompted increases in food costs.
The situation in the country is clearly only set to worsen, with no tangible change of pace in sight.
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