Zimbabwe: Widespread Food Shortages Looming

Published on 20 July 2009

Large-scale food assistance to Zimbabweans could start in the next few weeks, according to a USAID situation report released on 16 July. (..) WFP spokesman Richard Lee told IRIN a Vulnerability Assessment Committee would survey Zimbabwe's food requirements in August "to give a better picture" of the country's needs and the options available, which "may not be just straight food assistance". He said private-sector imports would alleviate Zimbabwe's food shortages but, like the rest of the southern African region, the availability of food did not mean that people could afford to pay for it.

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