Zim food worries after drought

2011-11-21 22:25

Harare - More than 1 million Zimbabweans may struggle to feed themselves in the coming months, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Monday, noting a poor harvest in several areas of the country.

Zimbabwe has just entered its rainy season which will last until March. The local economy is still suffering from years of mismanagement and the global downturn is also hindering growth.

"Most at risk are low-income families hit by failed harvests, and households with orphans and vulnerable children," said the UN's WFP.

"Although food is generally available in many rural areas, it is too expensive for those with limited resources," the agency said in a statement, which called for foreign donors to give $42m for food aid to Zimbabwe.

The southern African country, once renowned as a regional breadbasket, started receiving food aid in 2001, a year after the government launched a takeover of white-owned farms that was widely condemned abroad.

The coming months are also expected to see some political turmoil, as the coalition between President Robert Mugabe and former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai shows signs of wear.

  • Sedick - 2011-11-22 00:19

    Look North all you die-hard ANC supporters.....see the future rushing towards you...

      Martin - 2011-11-22 11:21

      I would feel bad but I dont, You get the government you deserve!!!

  • Sheik - 2011-11-22 00:53

    I'm in favour of nature taking it's course. We too have become net importers of food, and with ANC miss management, we will soon be in Zimbabwe's shoes. A case of Voters beware, but in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-11-22 05:58

      If my Damm Bible hugging F. Forefathers just let nature take its course we would not have had this Delema of a Malemma. I whish the west would stop their F Humantarian aid to Africa!!

  • braamc - 2011-11-22 06:05

    The sins of your fathers

  • stefventerza - 2011-11-22 06:30

    Ask Mugabe to sell his belongings and give to the needy people, Tell his wife to give the money she got from the diamond deals to give to the people that suffers. The farms are battling but was thriving when run by whites. I wonder why, Now they cry for help from South Africa white farmers to give, mahala again, Typical off them, Murder the whites and starve, Now they want again, South Africa does not have money or food to give as we not good enough to farm there.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-22 06:34

    "The southern African country, once renowned as a regional breadbasket, started receiving food aid in 2001, a year after the government launched a takeover of white-owned farms that was widely condemned abroad." Coincidence or what? Now they'll (the government) go hat in hand and demand assistance from there very people they despise. And that aid will not go to the people it was meant for. I cannot understand that these people fought a bush war to depose the white government, yet they don't have the balls to fight to get rid of Mugabe, the monster.

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-11-22 10:17

      Any person despise weaklings and the white race is weak!! Appogies for Apartheid, the invention of the Wheel, Commercial Farming, Mining,the creation of infrastruture and for being White. It is Great if a Black man fights for his people Eg Jesse Jackson but show me one white that defends his group and he is a RACIST NO BRAIN PIG!! We whites are so sorry to be alive it is scary!! I am not a racist but I am tired to be blamed for al the Ills of Africa. Let them Starve!!!

  • Gary - 2011-11-22 06:49

    Let them eat cake!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-22 07:13

    Weird, what happened to storing excess when times are good? Oh, forgot, they don't produce excess food anymore - that is an evil white mentality. Good old subsistence farming, nice and cosy and romantic - in the good years that is....

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2011-11-22 07:17

    The unfortunate thing about African politics is that they don't view being a president as such, instead they view it as being a king. They believe the people are there to serve them and not vice versa. The plight of the African continent will continue spiraling downwards Until such a mind set is eradicated

  • herman.brummer - 2011-11-22 07:39

    let them die!

  • Julie - 2011-11-22 07:49

    This is their reward for chasing the white farmers out of the country!

  • Charles - 2011-11-22 08:08

    The've asked for this. Ask Uncle Bob (Mugabe) to provide.

  • Warwick - 2011-11-22 09:05

    So while they condemn and spew the most vile hatred towards the west, they will beg from the very people they spew their hatred towards. But then again have you ever seen a thin, manourished or shabbily dressed African leader. Look at our own parlimentarians. Looks like a couple more Zimbos will be crossing the border to come and live the good life in SA. That is until one day when there is no more taxes to pay for all these freeloaders.

  • Colin - 2011-11-22 09:54

    which called for foreign donors to give $42m for food aid? I take it it will have to come form the same imperialist oppressors these clowns so regularly insult?

  • Cuthbert - 2011-11-22 11:19

    No it's not drought. It's a man-made phenomenon called.....LAND GRABBING AND LAND REDISTRIBUTION. This has nothing to do with natural weather elements playing havoc on crops.

  • Roy - 2011-11-24 10:08

    Take away more farms that should help with the hunger you frigging idiots!

  • Kevin - 2012-05-08 08:38

    So it took a year for the land-grab of farms to start affecting food supply. Then another year for the poor planning of food resources to have an effect, then another year for those given the farms to decide farming was too much hard work, let the farms go to ruin. That was followed by years of Bob telling the world where to get off and killing anyone inside Zim who disagreed with him. Now he's doing the same to the mines in Zim. By the way, want to know why Zambia can supply? Count the SA farmers working there, the government subsidies and incentives, etc. Even our own government has started re-adopting policies and strategies from the "apartheid era". We should do what works for the country, not what is written down in an outdated political manifesto.

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