United Nations to raise $60 M for food aid to Zimbabwe

Bishow Parajul head of UN Development Programme mission in Zimbabwe says UN plans to raise $130 million for emergency fund

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A villager uses a wheelbarrow to collect the monthly food ration provided by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, January 25, 2016.

The United Nations Development Programme plans to raise $60 million for food aid in Zimbabwe as the country faces its worst drought in a quarter century,  the agency's local head said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Bishow Parajuli, head of UNDP mission in Zimbabwe says UN will also raise $130 million under an emergency fund.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday appealed for nearly $1.6 billion in aid to help pay for grain and other foods after a drought in the southern African nation badly affected harvests and left 3 million people in need.

Farmers in Zimbabwe have lost cattle and crops to drought, but they fear the worst is yet to come.

Zimbabwe is still struggling to overcome a steep 1999-2008 recession which resulted in its economy to shrink by nearly 50 percent. The latest drought is expected to intensify the problem.  

TRTWorld, Reuters