Zimbabwe Needs $300M to Address Local Food Shortage

An internally displaced person from Zimbabwe shows a bowl of assorted crops and grains, which will be her family's supply of food for the week. Zimbabwe would need approximately $300 million to address its local food shortage. Photo by: Kate Holt / IRIN / CC BY-NC-ND

Zimbabwe, which is reeling from the impact of a recent drought, would need approximately $300 million if it decides to buy food from international markets to address local food needs, according to experts.

Analysts, including non-governmental organization officials and lawyers, noted that Zimbabweans are likely to suffer from the food crisis because the government is ill-prepared to address local food shortages and is keeping traditional international and local partners at arms length, Voice of America reports.

The Zimbabwean government has been reluctant to receive assistance from international and local aid groups because of the organizations’ alleged politicization of food aid. Meantime, the local agriculture ministry has added new provinces to the list of areas facing critical food shortages, Voice of America adds.

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