No request for food aid – WFP

BULAWAYO - Warned of a gripping food crisis by monitoring agencies the Zimbabwe government has not sent out an international appeal for food aid, the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed.
WFP said delays by the government will mean a delay in providing food aid to millio

ns of Zimbabweans who are already in dire need.
Other countries cited as hunger hotspots in the report include Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Somalia Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), occupied areas of Palestine, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Pakistan due to floods.
Forecasts by international food monitoring agencies have predicted massive starvation early next year because of crop failure in the southern region and escalating poverty in both rural and urban areas.
A recent combined report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) revealed that four million Zimbabweans were in urgent need of food assistance. But the government says no one will starve.
The Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) report was compiled in reaction to findings by WFP and FAO teams that visited Zimbabwe in May and spent 25 days assessing the food situation.

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