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A Third of Zimbabwe’s Population Lacks Sufficient Food

Associated Press

A new report from the humanitarian organization CARE International has found food insecurity and economic downturns fueled by the climate crisis has left over a third of Zimbabwe’s population without sufficient food.

Some highlights:

According to CARE, Zimbabwe is facing more droughts, floods, and storms as a result of climate change, destroying crops, killing livestock, and leaving people in rural areas without basic food supplies and other needs. On top of that, the country has been in a “deep economic crisis since 2008,” making local prices for goods “unaffordable for many.”

CARE also found pandemic measures to contain COVID in the country, e.g., closing shops and other businesses, resulted in household income falling by 50%, also disproportionately impacting women. School closures due to COVID also caused over 4.5 million children to miss school meals.

Overall, CARE found 5.7 million Zimbabweans (over a third of the country’s population) lack sufficient food and 6.8 million are in need of humanitarian aid.

The report:

The findings come from CARE’s annual report of the 10 countries that received the least attention in online articles in the last year, despite each having at least 1 million people facing climate or conflict disasters.

According to CARE, from January 1 to September 30, 2021, there were 2,803 online articles about the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. For comparison, during that time, there were 362,522 written about Oprah’s interview with Harry and Meghan and 1,636,992 written about working from home.

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