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Food Crisis 2020 Policy Brief Picture

Zimbabwe Food Crisis 2020 Policy Brief

More than half the population of Zimbabwe facing starvation amid COVID-19


More than seven million people in Zimbabwe are facing food shortages after the worst drought the Southern African Region has seen in 35 years. This figure is projected to increase to 8.8 million in Zimbabwe as the food crisis deteriorates. The food crisis is as a result of climate induced droughts, Cyclone Idai, floods and macroeconomic situation, putting the lives of millions of peoples’ lives and livestock at risk. The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Zimbabwe with nine cases and one death as at 3 April 2020, means the vulnerability of people living in poverty will continue to deepen as some of the protection measures cannot apply to communities concerned with finding food on the table for the families.