Zimbabwe economy: WFP predicts food shortages

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The United Nations World Food Programme predicts food shortages in Zimbabwe in 2022.

It says this will be brought on by an economic meltdown, price increases and poor agriculture harvest.

The cost of basic commodities in Zimbabwe suddenly shot up this week worsening the plight of already cash-strapped citizens.

The WFP said although there are no current food shortages in Zimbabwe, it’s predicting that problems lie ahead. It added that too much rainfall affected the expected good agriculture harvest.

In 2021 the WFP said Zimbabwe had bumper harvest but 2.9 million people were still left in need of food aid.

Economists say the current wave of increases will worsen the plight of the poor.

Meanwhile President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government blames the economic downturn on sanctions imposed by the West two decades ago.

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