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Vol 45 No 9

Published 30th April 2004


Zimbabwe

Disappearing food

The government may turn away foreign food aid as part of its ruthless election strategy

An internal United Nations' memorandum describes Zimbabwe's latest crop projections as 'complete nonsense' and 'quite impossible.' That's no surprise. Fanciful agricultural forecasts are common in Agriculture Minister Joseph Made's department but these particular projections are critical. The forecasts were used to justify the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front government's decision to turn down food aid this year.

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