WFP reports that:
"A quarter of the rural population will need food assistance in the pre-harvest season next year," she said, referring to the first three months of 2014.2.2 million. That's higher than the number of refugees out of Syria. And most of the Zimbabweans included in that number have probably already lived through at least two or three similar seasons of food in the last few years. With all the related long-term damage, from decreased ability to cope with shocks to developmental delays/deficits in children.
Food prices in Zimbabwe are already on the rise - in some cases up by 15% - and could go even higher as the availability of commodities likes grains and cereals diminishes.