UN: One Million Zimbabweans Need Food Aid

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations agency says more than one million people in Zimbabwe are in urgent need of food aid.

The World Food Program says about $42 million is needed to get people through the lean season until the March harvest begins.

The agency said Monday most who face hunger live in southern and western regions where poor harvests are expected.

They include poor families, orphans and other vulnerable children who cannot afford to purchase food, most of which has been imported.

The World Food Program director in Zimbabwe, Felix Bamezon, said some families are already skipping meals and reducing their portion sizes.

Zimbabwe's agricultural industry once powered Zimbabwe's economy. But it collapsed after 2000, when President Robert Mugabe's party began confiscating land from white commercial farmers for redistribution to blacks.

Crop production has rebounded somewhat since 2009, when Mr. Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party entered into a unity government with the longtime opposition Movement for Democratic Change.