As food shortage worsens, Zimbabwe refuses GMO food aid, has to import food from afar

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The El Niño-induced drought is ravaging parts of eastern and southern Africa. It is destroying lives, livelihoods, crops, cattle and landscape . . .

. . . .

As part of Plan International’s response team, I recently traveled to Zimbabwe to assess the situation . . . .

According to the government of Zimbabwe the number of people requiring food aid has risen to 2.44 million, which is one-quarter of the population. The situation for those affected will only get worse before it gets better.

. . . .

Food is becoming increasingly hard to source. In the past, food was imported from South Africa during difficult times, but South Africa is facing a food shortage too.

As Zimbabwe doesn’t accept genetically modified maize, this means the country is having to import food from countries as far as Ukraine and Mexico and, if the situation continues, 1.5 million metric tons of staple maize will be required to feed people until December.

. . . .

As the food shortage continues to worsen in Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa, humanitarian assistance is becoming even more urgent. And the government needs to allow milled nutritional products into the country, even if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Read full, original post: Desperate times in Zimbabwe as El Niño food shortage ravages the nation

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