Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Donated food is the cause of disease, says Mugabe


Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said food aid "dumped" by developed nations had undermined food safety on the African continent, state radio reported on Monday.
In remarks made at the start of a UN-sponsored food safety and security conference, Mugabe blamed weak food security controls and unpredictable droughts for threatening regional food security and triggering the spread of diseases, the report said.
These challenges were compounded by the HIV/Aids pandemic, a rise in unregulated food vending practices, the influx of new food from new food technologies and the dumping of food from the developed world under programmes of food aid, he was reported as saying.
Mugabe's government has refused to appeal for international food aid this year, despite warnings from aid agencies that more than a quarter of the country's 11.6 million people could face hunger by next March. ...


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