April 8, 2020 / 3:45 PM / 3 months ago

U.N. seeks $130 million to prevent hunger catastrophe in Zimbabwe

HARARE (Reuters) - The United Nations food agency said on Wednesday it needed $130 million to fund emergency operations in Zimbabwe until August and prevent a catastrophe, as climate- and recession-induced food shortages deepened.

“With most Zimbabweans already struggling to put food on the table, the COVID-19 pandemic risks even wider and deeper desperation,” Eddie Rowe, World Food Programme director for Zimbabwe, said in a statement.

“We must all do our utmost to prevent this tragedy turning into a catastrophe.”

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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