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Zimbabwe Still Facing Significant Food Deficits for 2009-2010 Crop Year

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance says Zimbabwe's food security outlook remains doubtful with just 45% of humanitarian funding requirements met or some US$315 million of the US$718 million sought in a U.N. coordinated appeal.

OCHA said a recent food assessment by Harare and the World Food Organization pointed to a 2009-2010 shortfall of some 900,000 tonnes of cereals, in part because the winter wheat harvest is shaping up to be a poor one.

U.N. Information Officer John Nyaga told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that another US$ 400 million dollars is needed to meet Zimbabwe's needs.

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