Zimbabwe’s government, hit by worsening food insecurity, is moving to adopt more hands-on assistance to farmers, particularly those on small rain-fed plots of land.
Last month, President Robert Mugabe launched the country’s first Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which aims to address climate change and other environmental problems that have vexed farmers.
EXPORTER TURNED IMPORTER
The launch comes as the Zimbabwean government has asked Zambia for 150,000 tonnes of maize, a radical reversal of the situation before Zimbabwe’s chaotic land reform programme of 2000. Until that time, Zimbabwe had been a net food exporter, including to southern African countries such as Zambia.
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