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NGOs seek to avert hunger

OVER 2 000 villagers in Insiza North in Matabeleland South province are facing starvation due to critical shortage of food, a local councillor has said.

BY SILAS NKALA

Ward 17 councillor, Abdele Nkomo, last week said the food crisis was most pronounced in wards 17 and 19.

Two non-governmental organisations — World Vision and Zimbabwe Project Trust — last week started registering people that would receive food assistance.

“I think the situation will improve as the World Vision and the Zimbabwe Project Trust started registering villagers under the food relief programmes this week [ast week],” he said.

He blamed the crisis on the erratic maize supplies by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), which avails food to vulnerable communities under the grain loan scheme.

“GMB’s grain loan scheme is too little for the whole of Insiza and we have approached the authorities asking for an increase of supplies,” said Nkomo.

“We hope something will be done. I also think the situation will improve in my ward as the two donors have already engaged us.”

The villagers are expected to work in community development projects for them to get food.

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