Harambe: Reuters: U.N. to deliver food aid to 4.1 million in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’ (12/3/19)
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Tuesday it was procuring food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans, a quarter of the population in a country where shortages are being exacerbated by runaway inflation and climate-induced drought.
Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa, is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade, marked by soaring inflation and shortages of food, fuel, medicines and electricity.
“We are very much concerned as the situation continues to deteriorate,” Eddie Rowe, World Food Program (WFP) country director, speaking from Harare, told a Geneva news briefing.
“We believe if we do not reach out and assist these people then the situation would blow up into a major crisis,” he said.
The 240,000 tonnes of food aid, to be procured on international markets, represents a doubling of the WFP’s current program in Zimbabwe.
The agency aims to purchase supplies from Tanzania, in the form of maize grain, as well as from Mexico, and pulses from Kenya and potentially the Black Sea area, Rowe said.
Zimbabwe has only had one year of normal rainfall in the last five and “markets are not functioning”, he said. “There are families that go to bed hungry without a meal a day,” Rowe added.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government will scrap its plan to remove grain subsidies next year, a move it says will protect impoverished citizens from rising food prices, state media reported last week.
Rights groups say at least 17 people were killed and hundreds arrested in January, after security forces cracked down on protests against fuel price increases. Police have banned further protests.
“For a country that used to be breadbasket of southern Africa, the situation is nothing short of tragic,” WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said.
JSL: Seems to me Quantitative easing has been over cooked. Better start doing the currency revalue , gone way past the intended purpose for the proposal when the idea was created. Over 5 trillion was pumped into the plan, not even counting life’s expended. Get it done the window is closing IMHO
I was reading about the Quantitative easing a few days ago, we do not realize what has been going on the last few months here in the USA , we are Way Overcooked on the Feds printing the Stuff. 23 Trillion now on the National level. this revalue was designed to ease that demand, how much longer will they shuffle about while we get to the brink of a recsession or worst??? Lots of questions. But this thing we’re in here ,would help in a Huge way
They know exactly what they’re doing, ah the philosophy of the concepts of currency,, such a dilemma …..they all know we have maxed the Stressors …it’s time for the currency Reset! not good to wait until a collapse according to the info I read. …Now is the time.
Seems there is a full blown war going on behind the scenes for this ….they think exact opposite of each other, Until they finally realize both will lose if they don’t do something quick…. If you know what I mean