GENEVA, 20 December 2020 – An estimated 7.9 million Zimbabweans, including 4.1 million children, will need urgent humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe in 2021, the United Nations warned Saturday.

Distribution of Food Assistance – Photo USAID

Nearly 5.5 million people in rural areas are food insecure and acute malnutrition has risen from 3.6 percent in 2019 to 4.5 percent in 2020, according to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

Zimbabwe’s Expanding Food Insecurity – Source ReliefWeb

COVID-19 has reduced income opportunities and food sources for more than half of the population, WFP Zimbabwe has said in a statement.

Nearly one-quarter of Zimbabweans are unable to access basic commodities, according to WFP.

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