U.N. to deliver food aid to 4.1 million in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’
The United Nations announced on Tuesday that it plans to provide food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans amid a food crisis in which a quarter of the population faces shortages due to drought. Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in over 10 years due to inflation on food, fuel, medicine, and electricity. World Food Program director Eddie Rowe stated that the WFP was very concerned as the situation continues to worsen, claiming that the situation could escalate into a major crisis if no assistance is procured.
The plan includes the purchase of maze grains from Tanzania and Mexico, as well as doubling the current aid given to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has only had one year of normal rainfall over the past five years, causing riots to break out over the cost of living in Zimbabwe last January.