WFP feeds Zimbabweans

HARARE - The World Food Program (WFP) has started bringing in more food to Zimbabwe after an agreement with the government late last year involving 300,000 tons of relief aid. The WFP has treated the agreement as a matter of urgency, after months of delay during which the Mugabe regime refused to al

low food aid into the country. WFP country representative, Kevin Farrell, said the organisation would try and distribute all 300,000 tons of food before the next harvest. More than 1.9 million people in 32 districts in the country received a total 20,000 tons of food between November and December alone, WFP said. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is facing a serious food deficit affecting some 9.71 million people in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola. A SADC analysis of the situation indicates that only South Africa has improved its cereal output, producing 56 percent of the region’s total maize output. – SW Radio Africa

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