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WFP Reaches More Hungry In Zimbabwe - But Pares Rations To Do So


The United Nations World Food Program had good news and not-so-good news Tuesday for Zimbabwe's millions of hungry people, announcing that it is feeding four million people this month, twice as many as in October, but has had to trim rations in order to do so.

The agency issued a statement from its Geneva headquarters saying it is reaching four million people this month compared with two million last month.

U.N. food experts estimate that by January the number of those needing food aid will rise over five million - but the WFP this week sounded the warning that it has not yet raised any of the US$140 million it needs to sustain food distributions into early 2009.

WFP Southern African Spokesman Richard Lee in Johannesburg told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that food packets now include smaller quantities of maize meal and beans, adding that WFP officials are optimistic international donors will come through with funds for 2009, but want to ensure a continuous flow of food.

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