Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Zimbabwe: WFP cuts food aid

The World Food Programme has halved food rations to 2.6 million Zimbabweans because of "insufficient donations from the international community".
Zimbabwe’s lean season starts in January, a period when granaries tend to be empty and people enduring food shortages are most reliant on food aid.

... Few people still have income or savings to buy staple foods, which have jumped in price by nearly 50 percent in the last few weeks, putting them out of reach of the average family. Inflation on some commodities is running at over 500 percent. In most rural areas, there is simply not enough food to go around. Overall, food security is rapidly deteriorating.
From the press release.