Zim: 2.2 million needs food aid

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — The United States says an
estimated 2 .2 million Zimbabweans, or one-fourth of
the rural population, will need emergency food in the
October to March "hunger season" ahead of the next
harvests.
The U.S. Agency for International Development said in a
statement Tuesday studies by donor agencies and
Zimbabwean authorities recorded a 32 percent increase
in recipients needing aid before March compared to the
same period in 2012-2013. It said it has contributed $25
million toward latest food relief through the United
Nations food agency.
Food shortages are blamed on erratic rains and
shortages of seeds and fertilizers in the troubled
economy. The USAID statement said another $100 million
recently went to humanitarian groups distributing food
and working to ease "the underlying causes of chronic
food insecurity and malnutrition."

Source: www.wral.com/us-2-2-million-zimbabweans-to-need-food-handouts/13022609/

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