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Millions in Zimbabwe at Risk of Hunger Due to Severe Drought

By Grace Samuel

Zimbabwe is currently grappling with a historic drought that has wreaked havoc on the crops of the 2024 farming season, placing millions of people at risk of hunger and food insecurity.

The severity of the situation has prompted deep concern from the World Food Program, which plays a vital role in providing assistance during such crises.

Described as one of the worst droughts in the country’s history, its impact is acutely felt nationwide.

Scant rainfall and prolonged dry spells have resulted in significant crop failures, depriving many of a reliable food source.

The agricultural sector, a cornerstone of Zimbabwe’s economy, has been particularly hard hit, exacerbating the challenges faced by the population.

In response to the crisis, the Zimbabwean government has been collaborating closely with international organizations, charities, and local communities to address the urgent food needs.

However, the magnitude of the situation necessitates additional support to ensure that no one goes hungry.

The 2024 farming season has been declared a total failure, leaving millions of Zimbabweans grappling with food shortages.

The government’s concerted efforts, in collaboration with charities and UN agencies, to provide food aid offer a glimmer of hope amidst these challenging times.

The devastating effects of the drought can be traced back to the 2015-2016 El Niño weather phenomenon, which significantly exacerbated drought conditions in Southern Africa, including Zimbabwe.

This weather event triggered one of the worst droughts in the region in 35 years, according to the UN Office for Human Affairs, resulting in the prolonged dry spell and lack of rainfall that have contributed to the current crisis.

The impact of the drought extends beyond humans; conservation authorities have reported the loss of around 100 elephants in a national park last year due to drying water holes, underscoring the far-reaching consequences of environmental disasters on wildlife.

 

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