A street vendor sells food, refreshments and mobile phone airtime vouchers on a roadside at dusk in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg)

Zimbabwe Needs $171 Million to Deal With Rural Food Shortages

(Bloomberg) -- More than two million Zimbabweans may need support to buy food between January and March 2019, according to a report released Tuesday by the government and the World Food Programme.

Fall armyworm, a pest that eats mainly corn, erratic rainfall and a decline in cash remittances sent to rural families by relatives contributed to food insecurity,” according to the the report, produced annually and known as the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee. The worst affected areas are Matabeleland North, Masvingo and Matabeleland South, it said.

“The country requires $140 million to buy cereals and $31 million for other food commodities to provide a full food basket for the vulnerable households,” the report said.

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