Poor Harvest, Economic Downturn Threaten Food Security in Zimbabwe

The U.N. World Food Program warned Monday (Nov. 21) that a poor harvest and an economic downturn are threatening food security in Zimbabwe.

According to WFP, more than 1 million Zimbabweans will “struggle for food” during the lean season — between November and March — with the most vulnerable coming from households in the southern and western regions, and from low-income families affected by the drought.

“Although food is generally available in many rural areas, it is too expensive for those with limited resources,” WFP Country Director Felix Bamezon said.

The program has already started providing assistance to families via food distributions, food vouchers and cash transfers, but says it still needs an additional $42 million to continue its activities in the Southern African nation.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.