ZimRights joins the nation and the African continent in commemorating Africa Day. The Day, commemorated every 25th of May seeks to acknowledge successes and to encourage the progress that Africa has made under a specific theme while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces in a global environment. This year, the day is being commemorated under the theme “Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: Strengthening Agro-Food Systems, Health and Social Protection Systems for the Acceleration of Human, Social and Economic Capital Development”.
It is against this background that ZimRights reflects on the dire food situation on the African continent and specifically in Zimbabwe. The day comes when close to 8 million Zimbabweans are under the threat of starvation due to a number of reasons. ZimRights identifies erratic weather patterns, imprudent management of the economy, hyperinflation, poor agricultural productivity, a shortage of foreign currency and high levels of unemployment as the major hindrances to food security in Zimbabwe.