There is an emerging food shortage in Zimbabwe. The Agricultural Minister Perrance Shiri said that there was only enough grain in reserves to last just over a month. There has been little rain and Cyclone Idai’s destruction of soil has not been recovered from, so crops are struggling. Zimbabwe consumes about 80,000 tonnes of maize every month and the country currently has just over that at 100,000 tonnes. Christian charity Tearfund is encouraging efficient farming options. Tearfund’s Director for Zimbabwe, Earnest Maswera, said: “The situation is dire, many families are feeding on one meal a day and are having to make a choice on whether to send the child to school or whether to buy food.”
Basic foods have rocketed in price and the country has bought tonnes of maize from neighbouring countries to try to supply its own people. “It’s really difficult at the moment to get access to food. People are walking up to 40 kilometres to the nearest places where they can get access to food. But it’s also difficult in the sense that, for them, to just get the money to buy the food is a real problem.” Mr Maswera explained how Tearfund is promoting a practise called conservation farming, where a family farms a piece of land the size of a basketball pitch and is able to feed themselves for a whole year, giving food to the family acting as a mitigation against drought affecting other areas of land.
He added that weather has been the main cause of the problems, saying: “It was not common to receive the kind of cyclones that we’ve had, like Cyclone Idai last year, a big surprise. In the places where Cyclone Idai hit there were tonnes and tonnes of soils that were taken, it means that it has left a number of families with very bad agricultural land, they have to find ways to revive that kind of land.” Speaking about how to pray, Mr Maswera advised: “pray for wisdom for our leaders and politicians in the region, so that God would really give them wisdom, Joseph type of wisdom, to know how they can come up with strategies that will mitigate this impact.”
Please pray for:
* rain to fall on Zimbabwe to help the crops grow.
* God to miraculously provide for people’s needs.
* for those who are facing really difficult decisions and choices between food, medicine and educating their children. Please give good options to the leaders and help them choose wisely.
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