Zimbabwe Food Security Improving, FAO Official Says

A crop field in Zimbabwe. Funding cuts to the country may affect recovery of its agricultural sector. Photo by: Martin Addison / CC BY-NC-ND Martin AddisonCC BY-NC-ND

Access to food in Zimbabwe is improving after a two-year food crisis, but funding reductions may affect recovery of the country’s agricultural sector, a U.N. official says.

Jacopo D’Amelio, regional information coordinator of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said food production has increased in the once famine-threatened country following the influx of foreign aid, better land use, and an end to hyperinflation.

Zimbabwe was once considered a regional bread basket, but President Robert Mugabe’s controversial seizure of white-owned farms starting in 2000 led to sharp falls in food production. The country has also been struggling to gather aid from foreign donors given Mugabe’s hostile relationship with many foreign leaders.

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