Zimbabwe needs additional $73m aid

2011-08-02 20:31

Harare - Zimbabwe needs an extra $73m in humanitarian aid this year, mainly due to increased food needs for vulnerable groups despite improvements in the agriculture sector, United Nations agencies said on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe, once a major regional agricultural producer, has struggled to feed itself since President Robert Mugabe embarked on a campaign in 2000 to seize white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

Nearly 1.7 million Zimbabweans need food assistance this year, UN humanitarian co-ordinator Alain Noudehou said during a review of the southern African country's aid appeal.

As a result, UN agencies were now appealing for $488m in aid to Zimbabwe for 2011, up from an initial $415m, he said.

"Achievement of the desired food security levels was threatened by a protracted dry spell which affected six out of 10 provinces this year," Noudehou said.

Last week, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Zimbabwe's production of maize grain would rise to 1.45 million tons in the 2010/11 season from 1.32 million tons in 2009/10.

  • ProudofPink - 2011-08-02 20:35

    LOL! You wanted the farms, NOW FARM! Feed yourselves instead of looking for aid from the evil West.

      Real Deal - 2011-08-02 20:59

      I love it - let those who robbed the whites stave. I hope no aid goes to Zim. They deserve that they get. Good good good!

      Thouca - 2011-08-02 21:30


      W Mukori - 2011-08-02 22:22

      @ Real Deal The people who starving are not the ones who got the farms!

      BigD - 2011-08-03 03:54

      @w mukori. The people who are starving are the ones who voted magabe into power.

      Goose - 2011-08-03 13:22

      I've noticed all the fervent ANCYL supporters who usually troll these forums are unusually quite regarding this article, lol

      Goose - 2011-08-03 13:25

      @W Mukori, The ones who are starving, are starving because the ones who got the farms aren't producing anything on those farms.

  • Nunya - 2011-08-02 20:53

    Stipid Mugabe beggars!!

  • cgtours - 2011-08-02 20:55

    Get the 73 million from Mugabe - he has millions stashed away overseas and it was stolen from the people. Do NOT give them aid - take the money from the Members iof Parliament who have committed fraud and stolen all the funds!!

  • cgtours - 2011-08-02 20:56

    Yes I agree not a cent to be given - they stole the farms - now feed the people- Mugabe has 39 farms !!!!

  • letsee - 2011-08-02 20:59

    Ask Mugabe for it.

  • marco - 2011-08-02 21:00

    No money for you until MURDERING Mugabe and his henchmen with bank accounts ****s off you get that,cheers

  • Edwin Wocke - 2011-08-02 21:00

    A person must be brainless to support the Mugabe Regime. Somalia needs aid.

  • crackerr - 2011-08-02 21:16

    Open your hearts, ANCYL. If you are not prepared to help the Zimbos now, who will be prepared to help us South Africans when the sh.t hits our fan?

  • struth - 2011-08-02 21:18

    But according to our erstwhile brain boxes (the Ancyl) who support Mugabe, the country is doing just fine. Therefore we must surmise that Zim is doing very well and therefore do not need any assistance from the wicked West.(Imperialists and Capitalists).

  • Frankly_Every1 - 2011-08-02 21:24

    F&*k off Zimbabwe. Go rot in your choices.

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-08-02 21:24

    Why should we give them food after they stole farms from us and drove us from our own country under threat of violence? Let them eat cake.. If they get hungry enough maybe they will learn their lesson. They don't need food, they need intelligence.

  • george - 2011-08-02 21:26

    We need your dirty western money, however. Let bob repatriate some cash. Stuff them all they're so useless. Just a black hole.

      ndlovu.bhekinkosi - 2011-08-05 06:31

      africa should start to strect their ideas ,, as long as they keep asking from the west they will never be wise ,, that is why poverty i

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-08-02 21:28

    You mean Mugabe needs $73 million in aid. Let them suffer the hard way - all this crap about imperialists and the west, and now they want aid from them.

  • andrew.hartung - 2011-08-02 21:29

    Wish the rest of the world will just butt out and stop throwing money at these countries. Hopefully now that the USA doesn't have anymore to give, this practice will stop. Let the people finally stand up themselves and do something to make a difference.

  • jock - 2011-08-02 21:41

    bob magabe has more stashed in his overseas bank accounts,let him pay as he caused all the damage.

  • W Mukori - 2011-08-02 22:32

    As a Zimbabwean I deeply regret that we have done nothing all these years to end the madness in my country that has left so many poor and desperate and now we going to pay dearly for it. The international community is fighting a battle to feed those in East Africa and their need seems more pressing than that of Zimbabweans!

  • rumsour - 2011-08-02 22:48

    Aid = more starvation, more deaths, more children, longer wars

  • sipholess - 2011-08-03 00:54

    This is a snapshot of what's about to happen in South Africa under the ANC.

      marco - 2011-08-03 06:46

      @sipholess Excuse me mate,but I don't think so or ascribe to that point of view either regarding South Africa and it's people,sorry to spoil your dire forecast.

  • Johan - 2011-08-03 02:05

    This encapsulates the incompetence of the local elite within Southern Africa. They are pushing around Botswana but the neighbour is starving! I for one cannot get a reasonably educated mind around this concept. The reference to the ANCYL is very timely as one(any one normal) would expect a youth league to get fired up about their poor cousins not having in a situation like this but now they go and root around with Ian Khama. May they all reap what they have sown (or not sown for that matter)

  • Jabulani Pilime - 2011-08-03 06:36

    most of this so called aid money goes towards paying the salaries of whoever who would be administering this'aid' money.Handouts dont help-they cause unhealthy dependency to politicians and aid agencies by the ordinary people,why cant the UN encourage investiment and better utilsation of resources in the country.It would be far much better for UN to use the +400m to invest in business in Zimbabwe,employ people then SELL(not handout) what they would have' money.Handouts dont help-they cause unhealthy dependency to politicians and aid agencies by the ordinary people,why cant the UN encourage investiment and better utilsation of resources in the country.It would be far much better for UN to use the +400m to invest in business in Zimbabwe,employ people then SELL(not handout) what they would have produced.

      Wonderboy - 2011-08-03 08:11

      I wonder if the UN did not interfere in the first place, if Zimbabwe would not have been a far better place. When people sort out their own problems without external interference and agendas it is usually more durable.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-08-03 08:57

    I find it strange that Jellyass and his thugs want to effect regime change in Botswana that does not need any form of aid, yet their friends in Zim are crying and begging for food. Before they kicked the white farmers out Zim had enough food for all and even exported food. Now like typical Africans they stuff it all up and beg. You wanted land and farms, now farm and feed yourselve. Remember that land makes you rich and your stomachs full. The only fat people left in Zim are Magabe and his croneys. Why do they expect help from the UN. Why not ask for help from the democratic and people loving countries like North Korea, Venezuela and Burma. Why must the evil and imperialistic west help you dimwits?

  • jen - 2011-08-03 09:10

    This is typical of the whole of Africa. The government officials are getting fatter and richer, while their people starve. They shout "African solutions for Africa", but beg at the same time for aid in some form from they very capitalists, imperialists and colonialists they hate. Africa can be potentially be the richest continent in the world, if it was'nt for the lack of drive and morals. Instead greed, corruption on every level, lack of vision, long term planning and pure stupidity keep Africa on its knees. Africa will always be 3rd world and begging for help. I cannot believe the millions that the West waste on African aid.

  • jesus - 2011-08-03 09:28

    Hey Julius...Quick here something you can do with your trust fund !!! Help a brother out.

  • ndlovu.bhekinkosi - 2011-08-05 06:34

    i wonder that hole where all these western countries have been pouring money into will come to an end ,, it seems africa is such a huge hole that has no end even if you pour sugar it will keep going deeper and deeper until the sugar is gone ,,

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