Graphic shows areas of food insecurity and population in need of food aid.


UN raises aid appeal for Zimbabwe

By Mike Tyler

August 7, 2019 - The UN food agency has launched a $331 million appeal for aid donations to help feed millions of people in Zimbabwe as the country battles the effects of drought, a cyclone and an economic crisis.

David Beasley, executive director of the UN World Food Programme, said 2.3 million people in rural Zimbabwe need emergency food aid now and the figure would increase to 5.5 million during the lean season up to March next year, Reuters reported.

The government estimates another 2.2 million people in urban areas also require food aid, bringing the total to 7.7 million, more than half of the southern African nation’s population.

The $331.5 million would be used for food aid, provision of water and sanitation and cash handouts to stricken families.

PUBLISHED: 07/08/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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