Zimbabwe Was Already on the Verge of Famine. Then the Coronavirus Hit

Women carry food at a local market in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 27, 2020 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).
Women carry food at a local market in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 27, 2020 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Zimbabwe was facing a food security crisis even before the coronavirus pandemic began, but a lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 has exacerbated the country’s economic woes and further restricted the food supply. Now more than half the country’s 15 million people are in need of food assistance. The World Food Program was already assisting 3.5 million Zimbabweans before the coronavirus struck. Cyclical periods of drought and flooding have interrupted domestic food production, while hyperinflation, fueled by the government’s reintroduction of […]

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