Covid-19 Fuels Food Insecurity in Zimbabwean Urban Areas

The nation has seen a spike in the number of food-insecure families in urban areas in the past year with 2,4 million residents now struggling to meet their basic food needs, the World Food Programme has warned. The rise in the number of food-insecure people in urban areas has been blamed on lockdowns imposed in 2020 to slow down the spread of Covid-19. This comes after a report showed that despite the government's efforts to put in place several food and nutrition policies, setting up institutional frameworks to facilitate food and nutrition security, food self-sufficiency remains elusive for millions. As of March 31, 2021 the nation has recorded 36,858 confirmed cases of Covid-19 of which 1,521 proved fatal, 34,636 resulted in recoveries, while 69,751 vaccinations have been administered.

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Zimbabwean food vendor (file photo).

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