Zimbabwe Declares Disaster Over Drought as Crop Output Drops

By Godfrey Marawanyika
17 September 2019,
Children carry water from a communal tap in Empopini, Cowdray Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Photographer: Cynthia R Matonhodze/Bloomberg

The Zimbabwean government has declared a state of disaster in all urban and rural areas following a drought that has cut crop output by more than half, the Civil Protection Unit said in the Government Gazette.

The drought has affected more than 5.7 million people, according to aid agencies, and the country expects to import as much as 800,000 tons of corn. Zimbabwe’s government has appealed for $464 million to stave off famine.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.