The UN food agency has launched a humanitarian appeal for US$331 million to assist those affected in the southern African nation.
“We are talking about people who truly are marching towards starvation if we are not here to help them. We are facing a drought unlike any that we have seen in a long time,” David Beasley said while launching the aid program in the Zimbabwean capital Harare on Tuesday.
Increasing food prices
Roseline Marenyi, 30, a mother of two who lives in the Harare neighborhood of Mbare told CNN she has had to cut down on daily food consumption due to rising prices.
“Life is really getting tough. We can only afford two meals a day and this is not good for my children’s nutrition. I think we are poorer this year than any other year,” Marenyi said.
Eddie Rowe, WFP country director, told CNN on Tuesday that climate change challenges had worsened the food crisis.
“The food security situation in the country has been compounded by the economic situation. This year we have more hungry Zimbabweans than ever before,” Rowe said.
Harare resident 40-year-old firewood trader Never Mapako told CNN he had registered his family with a local NGO giving food items.
“I recently registered myself and my family for monthly food allowance because I can’t continue like this. It’s a desperate situation, especially for us in the urban areas,” Mapako said.
Journalist Mark Chingono reported from Harare and CNN’s Bukola Adebayo wrote from Lagos