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President Mnangagwa Declares Drought State of Disaster

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President Mnangagwa announced yesterday that the El Nino-triggered drought has been declared a State of Disaster. He assured the mobilization of sufficient resources to enhance national food security, including importing supplementary grain. This phenomenon, characterized by disrupted wind patterns and heightened ocean temperatures, has led to widespread crop failure across Zimbabwe, necessitating urgent humanitarian aid. The President’s declaration aims to galvanize support from various stakeholders, both locally and internationally, to address the crisis.

The drought, exacerbated by El Nino, has severely impacted agricultural production in Southern Africa, leading to dire food shortages. Zimbabwe, along with neighboring countries, faces significant challenges in meeting food demand. President Mnangagwa emphasized the need for over $2 billion to implement various interventions outlined in the national response plan. Despite efforts to bolster food security through strategic grain reserves and surplus wheat allocation, there remains a substantial deficit that necessitates grain imports and private sector involvement.

In addition to addressing immediate food needs, the government is prioritizing the winter crop program and modernizing agriculture to mitigate the effects of future droughts. Water security, livestock preservation, and energy diversification are also key components of the comprehensive response strategy. Despite the challenges posed by reduced hydro-power generation, investments in thermal and solar energy aim to sustain the economy amidst these adversities.

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