The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that millions of Zimbabweans face hunger in the coming months due to a prolonged drought, economic instability and the effects of Covid-19.
The warning comes as Zimbabwe’s government says at least 7.6 million people – that’s about half of the population – have fallen into poverty this year.
An economic crisis that government critics blame on poor policies has pushed inflation to its worst level in over a decade.
The WFP has launched an appeal for $204m (£150m) to help cover the costs of feeding four million of the most vulnerable people over the next six months.
Three years of drought and coronavirus restrictions have worsened hunger here.
Half of Zimbabweans in the rural areas have been left with no alternative but to skip meals, reduce portion size or sell off precious belongings in order to cope, the WFP representative in Zimbabwe Francesca Erdelmann said.