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1,7m face starvation in Zimbabwe

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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said 1,7million Zimbabweans face starvation in the 2010/11 season with close to 133 000 tonnes of food assistance needed.

WFP compiled the report together with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) based on their June mission to Zimbabwe, where they assessed the national crop and food security situation in the country.

The report released Tuesday in Rome, Italy, said general poverty and chronic food insecurity has contributed to an increased prevalence of chronic malnutrition among young children in the country.

“The generous international support significantly contributed to this year’s relatively good harvest results, even if in some areas of the country rainfall distribution was uneven,” said FAO’s emergency and rehabilitation operations in Africa chief Cristina Amaral.

The report said that the international community responded well and FAO received contributions from a number of donors, such as European Union, United States, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Finland.

The EU made the largest financial contribution under the EU Food Facility for Zimbabwe with a contribution of €15,4 million ($20 million).
The country’s agricultural sector had plunged to low levels after state sponsored land invasions that drove productive commercial farmers off the land.

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