The European Union has availed an extra US$11.15 million to Zimbabwe which is meant to minimise the effects of the projected severe starvation.
This comes at a time when Zimbabwean authorities and United Nations agencies have projected that citizens will face severe starvation due to a number of factors including the El-Nino induced drought, Tropical Cyclone Idai and the economic meltdown.
President Mnangagwa recently announced that the country needs to import 800 000 tonnes of maize to help ease the famine. This came when the UN is saying the Zimbabwean food crisis has degenerated into an emergency.
The European Union’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, said:
The European Union is stepping up its support to the people of Zimbabwe. Our assistance will support those most in need during the most critical period until their next harvest. We stand in solidarity with them at this time of need, by providing support for essential food needs and helping people get back on their own two feet.
Zimbabwe has since the turn of the millennium, struggled to produce enough grain to feed the whole nation. This is a country that used to feed fellow African economies and others yonder the continent.
Currently, bread is a rare commodity as bakers have reduced volumes of bread produced daily due to the shortage of wheat.
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