HARARE, Zimbabwe — The United Nations says about half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse.
The World Food Program on Tuesday noted a “vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest.” It plans to more than double the number of people it helps to more than 4 million. More than 7 million people overall are in need.
A U.N. expert on the right to food has said Zimbabwe is on the brink of man-made starvation and the number of people needing help is “shocking” for a country not in conflict.
The U.N. says that with poor rains expected before the harvest in April, the scale of hunger will worsen.
It says Zimbabwe’s crushing economic crisis and a regional drought will complicate aid delivery.
The Associated Press