Zimbabwe Faced With Food Shortage

The herald reports that Zimbabwe could be faced with food shortages because of the dry spell in some areas of the country.

Government reports estimate that out of the 1 689 609 hectares of maize planted during the 2011/12 cropping season, about 498 144 ha are now a write-off. This 30 percent food deficit has compelled the Government to suspend the sale of grain in the Strategic Grain Reserve.

Food shortages at any level are a cause of concern. Right now Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are experiencing the worst drought conditions in 60 years. Every day thousands of people flock to Dadaab in the North Eastern Province in Kenya. Dadaab is the biggest refugee camp in the world and was originally designed to hold 90,000 people, but now over 360,000 people are camped there.

When we read stories like this we usually never expect it to happen to us yet dire circumstances have a tendency of starting small then quickly spiraling out of control.We just hope things wont get that bad for Zimbabwe anytime soon.