Saturday, October 01, 2005

running out of food

ROME — The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says Zimbabwe could run out of food in the next few months unless a massive emergency relief programme is put in place and warns that food security was unlikely to improve next year even if the country received good rains in the 2005/06 season.....

Other countries facing a similar situation are Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia. But unlike her neighbours, Zimbabwe would require more than an above normal agricultural season to shake off the effects of the past two dry seasons, according to FAO.

“In Zimbabwe high inflation, coupled with shortages of maize grain and fuel as well as transport problems are causing serious food insecurity. For the same reasons, prospects for 2006 are dire, regardless of rainfall,” said FAO.

Zimbabwe and Malawi account for more than two-thirds of the 12 million people in southern Africa threatened with starvation this year....

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