The World Food Program (WFP) requested an additional $ 250 million this Thursday to prevent 8.6 million Zimbabweans, 60 percent of the country’s population, from suffering from food insecurity by the end of the year.
“As COVID-19 exacerbates the already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, the World Food Program has requested an additional $ 250 million to rapidly expand the emergency operation,” said a UN agency statement.
WFP forecasts predict that the number of Zimbabweans affected by food insecurity, ie by the end of the year, will not know whether they can prepare their next meal, will have increased by almost 50 percent to 8.6 million people. “A. Overwhelming 60 percent of the population.”
The WFP has blamed “the combined effects of drought, economic recession and pandemic” on coronaviruses. “Many Zimbabwean families are suffering from hunger and their situation will deteriorate before they improve,” said WFP leader for southern Africa Lola Castro.