Hunger looms for quarter of rural Zimbabweans

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe looks on during his inauguration and swearing-in ceremony on August 22, 2013

Hunger looms for quarter of rural Zimbabweans


MASVINGO, 6 September 2013 (IRIN) - Revesai Moyo, 80, a smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe’s Zimuto District, is one of the 2.2 million people - a quarter of the rural population - expected to lack sufficient food between October and the next harvest in March 2014, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Year after year, Moyo plants maize, groundnuts and beans, and does “not harvest much even when the rains are good”. 

“This last season was a total write-off as the rains stopped just...


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