Zimbabwe

Zim still needs food aid – WFP

2010-05-13 10:12

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Zim police, Econet lawyers raid news agency
Zim police, Econet lawyers raid news agency

Police and lawyers from Zimbabwe's largest mobile phone operator have raided the offices of online news agency The Source in a dispute over stories published by the agency earlier this year.

Harare - A UN agency says Zimbabwe will need humanitarian aid this year after crop failures caused a grain shortfall of about half a million metric tons.

The World Food Program said on Wednesday that one-third of the country's districts - mainly in the south and east - failed to produce enough food to meet their needs in coming months.

Some 1.5 million people received food handouts in each of the first four months of this year.

Erratic rain - too much in some areas and too little in others - has damaged crops of corn, the staple food across the southern African nation. The former regional breadbasket also has been hit by acute shortages of seed and fertilizer.

- AP

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