Zimbabwe food security situation deterioratingListen /
Over 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe will need food assistance over the next six months, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
WFP says farmers in many districts, particularly in the south, harvested very little food this year and people are already trying to stretch their dwindling food stocks.
To meet the increased needs, WFP and its partners will provide regionally-procured cereals as well as imported vegetable oil and pulses, while cash transfers will be used in selected areas to afford people flexibility and help support local markets.
Elisabeth Byrs is WFP’s Spokesperson in Geneva.
"Zimbabwe food security situation is deteriorating and is the worst since 2009. One quarter of the rural population is expected to need food assistance during the pre- harvest period early next year. This is the highest since early 2009 when more than half of the population required food support. The rising food insecurity in Zimbabwe is due to a combination of factors including weather condition, high cost and lack of fertilizers and seeds and also the prospects of high food prices due to the poor harvest."
Ms. Byrs says WFP has also been implementing a programme in rural Zimbabwe where vulnerable communities receive food or cash, while taking part in projects such as the construction of community irrigation systems and deep wells.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.