15th July 23:19
Keep starving Zim!_ as we are proud of you
Despite Vicious Campaign of Sabotage
'n Slaughter of Kids With Sanctions
Despite the Shrill white Propaganda .....
The people still starve.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ the natives are starving
ZIMBABWE needs 52 000 tonnes of food assistance this year for the period
July and November, the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Zimvac)
In a report compiled by Zimvac and published by Fewsnet this week, an
estimated 2,2 million people in the rural areas will be unable to meet their
own food requirements without external assistance.
"About 2,2 million people in the rural areas will not be able to meet all
their food needs on their own between July and November 2004, during which
they would require food assistance of at least 52 000 tonnes," said the
The report said the suspension of supplementary feeding by aid agencies
because of government claims of sufficient food was likely to leave a
majority of households vulnerable to hunger. It said lack of consensus on
the actual harvest between government and independent assessors made
contingency planning by aid organisations difficult.
"The lack of consensus of the cereal harvest and the inaccessibility of
government cereal import figures for the current marketing year make food
availability ****ysis and contingency planning for international agencies
very difficult," said the report.
Zimvac said out of Zimbabwe's 57 districts, Buhera, Mutare, Bulilimamangwe
and Beitbridge would have used up their cereal and grain by the end of July.
The report said the hungry rural populace had resorted to selling cattle for
the purpose of buying grain. If such a situation was allowed to continue
grain values would increase compared to livestock because of poor grazing,
leading to a continued deterioration of the food situation.
Zimavc also said government shuld continue to engage the United Nations in
dialogue for the purposes fo the continuation of food aid and recovery
programmes. It said appropriate food assessment programmes were urgently
required. It highlighted high rates of unemployment and inflation as major
contributory factors to the food situation in the country.
The report said the erosion of the purchasing power of most households
continued to limit food access to low income earners.
Reuter, August 20, 2004