1.6m Zimbabweans need food aid

2012-07-27 13:08

Harare - About 1.6 million of Zimbabwe's estimated 12 million people will need food aid during the peak of the dry season due to poor harvests, the UN World Food Programme said on Friday.

The number is 60% higher than the one million who needed food assistance last year, with most of them living in rural areas.

"The United Nations World Food Programme and our partners are gearing up to respond to this large rise in food needs," said WFP country director Felix Bamezon.

"Our field staff are already reporting signs of distress in rural areas, including empty granaries and farmers selling off their livestock to make ends meet."

The WFP said its $119m aid programme, meant to run through to March next year, is facing an $87m shortfall.

The food aid agency said this year's cereal harvest was about one million tons, one-third lower than last year and the lowest since 2009.

"The impact will be felt hardest at the peak of the hunger season, from January to March next year," the WFP said.

"WFP's seasonal assistance programme normally starts in October, but rural people already feeling the effects of the drought."

The "hungry season" is the period when the harvested food runs out, months before the next harvest begins.

Food shortages are being blamed on erratic rainfall and dry spells, limited access to seeds and fertilisers, a reduction in the planted area, poor farming practices and inadequate crop diversification.

The worst-hit areas are the chronically dry regions of southern Zimbabwe.

Once a regional breadbasket, Zimbabwe has been facing perennial food shortages in recent years following a slump in food production blamed partly on President Robert Mugabe's controversial land reforms which saw the seizure of white-owned farms for re-allocation to landless blacks.

The majority of the beneficiaries lacked the skills and means for large-scale farming, and were given little support from the government.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-27 13:17

    Please you ancyl people...PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE......Is this what you wish for our country? LEAVE OUR FARMERS ALONE to produce our food..... If you have children....why would you want to go the route Bob took.... just look at the results...WAKE UP.

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-07-27 14:18

      Ancyl people can't read. They can only use cellphones.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-27 14:37

      Please convert to Afro-style SMS language so that they can understand.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-27 14:47

      Zim used to be called the bread basket of Africa, I can't imagine what went wrong, all I know is the decline started around 1980, let me think on it for a while and see if I can work it out.

      jacob.ndlovu.3 - 2012-07-27 15:02

      Zimbabwe is a failed state because of Mugabe and South Africa is heading the same way if we cant get better election results. The stuffed up thing is that these people that are starving still manage to reproduce and have 5 to 10 kids?? How about stop breeding like rabbits and then there will be more food available...

      gordon.trevat - 2012-07-27 15:15

      Maybe bob can pick some food up on one of his many trips to Singapore.

      bobbi.jantjies - 2012-07-27 15:22

      ..eish... another proud afurikan moment... following in the long and byoo-t-fool history and tradition of the dark continents progression.

      peter.tony.14 - 2012-07-27 16:26

      I feel f*ckall for them. They continue to vote for Mugabe, let them starve.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-07-27 16:42

      Where is Polydonky on this. Chicken Sh.t. Can't wait for your useless comment. You ring gears will one day eat grass and pray for apartheids return where you were the best fed, fattest, best clothed and educated blacks on the African continent until the CancER took over and gave you your misserable existance called freedom.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-07-27 21:10

      With all that is going on in Zim Mugabe seems to be eating nice food grown by white farmers in South-Africa and around the world and yet he always finds a way to talk bad about the west.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-28 12:31

      ha ha ha what comes around goes around,they voted for him they must love,cherish and starve for him,the great african leader

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-01 11:49

      And whose fault is that ? Only Mad Bob's !

  • Stephen - 2012-07-27 13:23

    How long before 16 million south africans need food aid?

      Spiral - 2012-07-27 14:31

      Scary thought!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-27 14:38

      Ask the ANCYL buggers

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-27 14:49

      Ask the ANC, they are working very hard on that and should be able to exceed that figure quite soon.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-27 17:03

      Don't lean against whites, says Mugabe.....That's why your country is in such a mess you count.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-27 13:23

    Let it be a reminder that we, unlike the Zimbabweans, will have nowhere to migrate to in search of food or hope for a better (but still extemely miserable) future. The elites in Zimbabwe of course have it nice and comfortable. Like the elite here will have it with the land in their pocket and abusing it.

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-27 13:29

    Where are all the comments from the: "mugabe is the greatest" fan club???? I am sure this article was written by a colonialist/imperialist!! All lies. He is the father of the "african agenda", and would not let this happen. Off to have a good puke................

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-27 13:35

    Please don't give us the propaganda about CHASING farmers away. Here in SA more than 1,6 million people get food aid. Its because of the draught that these rural folk can't feed themselves. They grow their own food.

      mofstok - 2012-07-27 13:55

      No, they had a bad harvest that lead to famine because they destroyed their commercial farming sector, therefore being stuck without any surplus! Subsitance farming cannot feed a nation, get your facts straight before making stupid comments. Food doesn't come from Pick 'n Pay or Checkers!

      pisciotta - 2012-07-27 14:04

      Then let them figure out proper water savings and irrigation plans. Other countries do - why not you? Oh I forgot, poor education in SA.

      pisciotta - 2012-07-27 14:05

      Then let them figure out proper water savings and irrigation plans. Other countries do - why not you? Stupid or what?

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-27 14:05

      Its the rural subsistence farmers who need food aid because they didn't have good harvests. The aid is for them. You get your facts right. So the millions who need food here chased away which farmers?

      dewalds3 - 2012-07-27 14:20

      'They grow their own food' - yes, in the near future they will eat each other. Also here. Make sure you stay fit, the weak and the slow are in for a rough time...

      mofstok - 2012-07-27 14:39

      Please explain how 1.6 million "subsistence farmers" would require food aid if the country would have a surplus to feed them with? Maybe because Zimbabwe is incapable of producing food for itself because the commercial farming sector no longer exists. Your argument is invalid, irrational, and stupid. Just admit you are getting your ass handed to you by the facts and move on like an adult.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-27 14:44

      You can bluff yourself and believe your own lies if you want, but don't try and fool me idiot.

      carl.miles.31 - 2012-07-27 14:44

      1,6 million in Zim is 13% of the population. 1,6 million in SA is 3% of the population....

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-27 14:49

      Millionwatts - please read the article again, and then again. You might then see the words your brain doesn't want to accept. It's there in print moron.

      rob.picton.16 - 2012-07-27 14:49

      I dont get why they need aid. After all, Mugabe is always going on about the success of his economic model, so let him IMPORT food. Oh wait, the west (which he continually has negative things to say about) will need to dig into their pockets and bail him out cos he has no forex. What a load of rubbish.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-27 14:54

      1watt has it worked out, you plant enough crop that you have food for a few weeks, harvest and eat the crop then go and plant some more wait for that to grow etc, no need to nourish the soil, backup irrigation plan in case of drought nothing, gee this farming is easy. - 2012-07-27 15:27

      Correct, too much draught (beer) caused that these rural folks cannot feed themselves. Less drinking and more working!

      phae.rayden - 2012-07-27 17:44

      He who laughts last doesn't understand the joke. Read it again and see if its still funny.

      phae.rayden - 2012-07-27 17:52

      Millionwhatsgoingon?1. Is Zim really a model of success in your honest opinion? Please explain how you can possibly defend a system that places so many lives at risk? Do you have any idea the damage caused by malnutrition to developing brain function? This is a tragedy, not a chance to grab at being right. Where is your compassion for this devastated country and its people?

      richard.jonker2 - 2012-07-28 07:25

      Draught???Are the now short of beer??? Come on twit learn to spell before trying to sound clever here!!

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-28 12:36

      millionwatts of electricty cant fix that highly advanced brain of yours,im surprised you can even type

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-27 13:39

    When is the United Nations going to realise that they are helping this country into further poverty!!!Each time they feed these people,Mugabe gets richer and more powerful,does less to improve his country and the lives of his people! Its pouring money down the drain like S.A. giving loans to Swaziland because they are up the creek,yet the top dogs are living a jetsetters life!!! The weather may play a VERY amall part in this but the rest is sheer ignorance,greed and maladministration!!Wke up and remove the tumour instead of allowing it to grow out of control!

  • pisciotta - 2012-07-27 13:47

    "Don't lean on whites" says Mugabe. So let them lean on each other and become leaner and leaner until they dry up and are blown away like dust. The world will be a better place. SA is soon to follow.

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-27 13:49

    Just remember comrade mugabe's word don't lean on white people ha ha

  • richard.zanner - 2012-07-27 13:49

    So the United Nations must help while Mugabe sits in a palace and tells the West to leave his country alone.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-27 19:53

      & his entire cabinet racks up mammoth o/seas travel bills replete with fine dining, much shopping and all the good things stomping on the backs of citizens has to offer.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-28 12:38

      they must not lean on whites,better for them to crawl back into the bush and starve,they have got what they wanted now they can suck on it

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-27 13:53

    Where is all the mugabe praize now and how is right?

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-27 13:55

      Standing in a queu,waiting for a handout!

  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-27 13:58

    I'm confused ? They have the land they wanted, but now years after they got their land they want food as well ? Black Zim people + Free land = Poverty. Can this equition be true ? Can a South African ANCYL member please explain that to me, because you want the same for SA, right ?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-27 14:41

      The explanation is simple - it's the colonials fault. I can't seem to find the logic in that since they now own the Land, but this is what they tell us so I'm sure it's true, or do you think they would lie to us? Surely not.

  • Henk - 2012-07-27 14:03

    VIVA Land distribution and BEE!!!! VIVAAAA!!!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-27 14:42

      Viva Viva!!!!!

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-28 12:39

      is viva an african word,these bee clowns are continualy using it

  • Yvonne Conradie Martin - 2012-07-27 14:07

    Why help him! Mugabe wants nothing to do with the western world and tells Africa not to lean in whites.. Where else does he expect help from when most African countries are in trouble due to poverty:/

  • jacques.marais.925 - 2012-07-27 14:13

    Lies lies lies lies ask Robert he will tell you that all Zim people live like kings . White agents spreading lies against the reegeem of Rob Mugab.

  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-27 14:14

    The comment silence of black radicals on this article is deafening. Where are those that spoke so highly of Robert’s policies when they happened? Let's hear your reasoning now ?

  • LDivaCantrelle - 2012-07-27 14:15

    for a moment i thought the report said zimbabwe need cool aid..*wishfull thinking*

  • vernon.meakin - 2012-07-27 14:26

    Let Mugabe feed them ,he has more money stolen from the people than they could ever use.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-27 14:37

    Ah yes, Zimbabwe. That shining little pearl of Africa. What a gem, what an example of what can be achieved through Africanism and Anti White Racism. Look at the success and achievement, and be proud. Soon SA will follow in the footsteps and try to achieve the same magnificent achievement, and then we can all be proud. Oh what daunting heights to aspire to, but together we can do it.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-07-27 14:56

    Shem poor Mugabe h shuld use his degrees 2 maintain standard of living in Zim..“Bob is useless President mzansi is soon 2 b dry 2 politicians dnt gv a damn bwt poor ppl

  • sueelen.vdwalt - 2012-07-27 14:59

    Why advertise this on SA pages when Mogabe said "dont lean on whites" afterall its OUR WHITIES paying the taxes.......Ask Mogabe for a piece of his steak.

      rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-27 19:00

      It's MUGABE

      Amanda - 2012-07-28 05:51

      No, it's Mugarbage.

  • pieter.mynhardt.9 - 2012-07-27 15:17


  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-27 15:44

    Will they be going to the evil Britissssshhhhh and West with their begging bowls?

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-07-27 16:02

    This shows what happens when idiology trumps common sense (which is almost all the time in Africa). Even the doffest politicians could see where this was going to go. Viva Zimbabwe Viva the Beggar-Nation!

  • Quartus - 2012-07-27 17:31

    oops! another 1.6m people are heading our way through our non-existent boarders.Fortunately we have oodles of food and water - and work, to welcome them.

  • kobus.laubscher.3 - 2012-07-27 17:49

    Food shortages are being blamed on erratic rainfall and dry spells, limited access to seeds and fertilisers, a reduction in the planted area, poor farming practices and inadequate crop diversification.- bull It should be blamed on mugabe's government chasing away the whites.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-27 18:51

    Zimbabwe used to be the bread basket of Africa. Now after MUGABE a 'barren wasteland'. MUGABE do the honourable thing and 'stand down' or 'die'.

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-27 20:33

    The Land Theft programme and redistribution to the ZANU PF elite has been an unmitigated success, or so Mugabe would have us believe. Yet the "breadbasket of Africa" cannot feed its population!

  • pws69 - 2012-07-27 21:13

    I don't want to come across as insensitive, but the majority of Zanu PF support is in the rural areas, so shouldn't we let them reap the harvest (or lack thereof) of their political choices on their own?

  • donald.perumal - 2012-07-27 21:49

    Didn't Rob Bob say he didn't want Zimbos to"lean on West"? Com on Rob Bob feed your peeps!

  • pisciotta - 2012-07-28 00:42

    Put this creature (I can not bring myself to call him a human) in the bush..... let him show us how Blacks know how to survive alone.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-28 04:30

    And this in a country that 40 years ago was known as Africa's bread basket and a valuable exporter of food commodities all over the world. Outrageous!

  • graeme.potgieter - 2012-07-28 07:21

    Zimbabwe never had a food issue or harvest problems when there were white farmers producing food for them.look now no white farmers no food?

      pws69 - 2012-07-28 07:37

      Graeme, it seems they are STILL relying on white farmers to feed them, just not of the local kind. As long as westerners (whites) continue to feed them (at no cost to themselves) the status quo will remain. It is time Zim got some tough love. With hold the food aid.

  • emil.vanmoorsel - 2012-07-28 07:33

    This all boils down to pure greed by the Elite.The farms never went to trained farmers if they were around but to Cadres.It boils down to Mugabe buying votes the same as the ANC is doing in South Africa.This also proves that if you don't work for something it goes to waste as you don't value something you have not worked for.

      pws69 - 2012-07-28 07:42

      Remember the LAW in Zim states one farmer person old. Mugarbage has over a dozen, his wife over half a dozen, Majuru has 8, all of the JOC leaders have multiple farms. Majuru doesn't even pay taxes when she exports food (yes, exporting food when her countrymen are starving) to Zambia. The entire Zanu politburo breaking the law, yet the rural people vote for them in large numbers. I say let them suffer the consequences of their voting choices. Withhold all food aid.

  • bandile.poopalot - 2012-07-28 07:55

    Africa @ work...

  • lester.nel - 2012-07-28 08:57

    Hey Rob dont lean against us Imperialist Now!not that it bothers me because I wont give a damed cent to that natzi zim

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-07-30 12:21

      LESTER.NEL one thing you must understand is that media groups like afp.are instruments used by aryan imperialist to spread propaganda against any people resisting them world the authenticity of this information is to be verified first.the level of moral damage done on the minds of many indo aryans by centuries of savage thievery and decimation of natives .then taking thier land has transformed many of them to crocidiles.they imploy the must sophisticated ruse to hold people dawn and continue exploiting them USING TECHNICS LIKE wonder why the referenCE of evil in the aryan world is the natzi.but the natzi only did to the aryan world what they did to others world wide.batholome de las casas who saw the decimation of indians by spanish and british mercantilist said this.the meat of indians was sold in super markets by aryans to feed thier dogs.some even said i have not yet found my own indian to kill for meat.we know before the arrival or aryans in what we call america .the where more than 100 million indians living in america.all eraced by super civilized indo aryans.knowing this can we say hitler was and exception or he was in continuity of an old idiology?i will not talk about the HERERO OF SOUTHEN KHAMITA.

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-07-28 16:23

    Let them starve and eat each other !

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