Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Masvingo Appeals for Food Aid

The Herald is reporting that Chiefs and village leaders are appealing to the Government of Zimbabwe to take urgent action to address the severe food shortages in Masvingo where drought last year wiped out 80% of the maize crop. Warning signs emerged months ago that this would be a particularly bad year for the area and would likely push thousands into crisis. 400,000 people are now in urgent need of food assistance.

Chief Gutu, Mr Amon Masanganise, said last week that villagers in his area were now flocking to his homestead daily in search of food.

"This farming season was very bad for most of communal farmers in my area," he said. "Crops wilted due to a prolonged dry spell and villagers are now coming to my homestead daily seeking food aid, but I have nothing to offer them.

"We are appealing to President Mugabe to help us before the situation worsens."

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