Country will import 100,000 kilograms of corn from Zambia
UN says food security deteriorating at an ‘alarming rate’
“We are going to announce to the world the hunger we’re facing,” Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told lawmakers in the capital, Harare, on Thursday. “We have drought in this country and it is a pending disaster,” he said. President Robert Mugabe will make the announcement in days, he said.
Zimbabwe is struggling with a spell of dry weather that has cut agricultural yields and farmers are losing their cattle as watering holes and pastures dry up. The government has earmarked $200 million for food imports and signed agreements to buy at least 100,000 kilograms (100 metric tons) of corn from neighboring Zambia, said Mnangagwa.
About 1.5 million of Zimbabwe’s 12 million people currently need emergency food assistance, and that number may triple this year, said Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira on Feb. 1.
“The situation is deteriorating at an alarming rate,” Eddie Rowe, an official with the UN’s World Food Programme, said in Harare on Feb. 2.-Bloomberg