The World Food Program is set to cut food assistance to Zimbabwe starting next month, significantly lowering the number of benefiting Zimbabweans to 256,000 in April. The number is equivalent to only one-sixth of the 1.5 million recipients since the year began. The WFP, which has been providing emergency food aid in the African nation since 2002, expects to spend at least $24 million to feed 700,000 more until December this year. The government declared 2007 a drought year, with a projected harvest deficit reaching around one million tons of the staple maize. Zimbabwe has suffered from poor crop yields since a failed land reform program in 2000, leaving 12 million inhabitants dependent on food imports and donations. (Source: UN World Food Programme to cut back aid to Zimbabwe/ Deutsche Presse-Agentur)

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