UN appeals for $131m aid for Zimbabwe

2013-01-15 20:46
Sacks of food aid from the World Food Programme donated by the United Kingdom and the United States. (Phil Moore, AFP)

Sacks of food aid from the World Food Programme donated by the United Kingdom and the United States. (Phil Moore, AFP)

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Harare - The United Nations says it needs $131m in humanitarian assistance to meet food, water and emergency needs in Zimbabwe.

The UN humanitarian co-ordinator, Alain Noudehou, said on Tuesday at least $110m of the money will be used to provide food for more than 1.6 million Zimbabweans facing starvation this year.

Noudehou said the appeal is less than the previous year's $197m because of "a steady improvement" in the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe brought about by an upturn in some sectors of the economy.

The UN said this year's food shortages are "worse" compared to the past three years due to drought, erratic rains and cash shortages to buy seed and fertilizers for impoverished farmers in the countryside, many who took over formerly white-owned farms.

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