Zimbabwe’s avoidable food crisis: The latest crisis is not a natural disaster, but may be the result of corruption and incompetence

by Forum for African Investigative Reporters

Nearly a decade after embarking on a controversial land reform programme, Zimbabwe, once a regional breadbasket, is now suffering acute food shortages. In May 2013, its agriculture-based economy imported more than 150,000 metric tonnes of grain from neighbouring Zambia, at a price tag of $25 million. Maize is a staple for Zimbabwe, which consumes 2.2 million tonnes annually.