European Union sends R270 million in food aid to help Zimbabwe

European Union sends R270 million in food aid to help Zimbabwe

- Signs of any improvement in the dire economic situation have been hard come by lately

- The European Union has opted to release around R270 million in humanitarian food aid

- The current severe drought has contributed largely to the list of challenges facing the country

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The European Union has is sending Zimbabwe R270 million in humanitarian food aid in a bid to provide some relief.

Briefly.co.za reported that the nation is facing an economic crisis, which some blame on mismanagement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government.

A severe drought, affecting many Southern Africa regions, has compounded the difficulties facing civilians.

A United Nations report has indicated the country's GDP is expected to shrink by 5.5%. Inflation is estimated at 521%.

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With power outages spanning over 18 hours a day in some regions, with people forced to turn back to methods such as gas and charcoal to prepare food.

The EU has noted that the funds being sent to Zimbabwe are part of a larger support drive with Eswatini, Madagascar, Lesotho and Zambia also receiving aid:

"In addition to providing food and nutrition, the funds will improve access to basic health care and clean water, and provide protection to counter the risks that people’s fragility exposes them to."

EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic commented on the development:

“Many poor households in drought-affected areas in southern African countries are struggling to have enough food due to crop failure, reduced access to water and, in some places, unaffordable food prices in markets. EU humanitarian aid will help deliver food to those most in need and tackle the hunger crisis in fragile rural communities.”

Fin24 reports that 7.7 million Zimbabweans, around half the population, are running the risk of facing severe hunger.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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