On April 18, 2010, celebrating the 30th anniversary of independence from Britain, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe urged an end to political violence and a focus on rebuilding the economy in a country where the UN estimates close to 95 per cent of the population is unemployed and 47 per cent are undernourished. As the deadline to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) moves closer, the situation in Zimbabwe has become increasingly desperate. The World Food Program (WFP) describes the situation as “alarming” and has provided assistance to close to 1.5 million Zimbabweans up to April 2010, noting that a series of bad droughts, as well as a lack of basic supplies, have produced a situation of acute food insecurity in the Southern African state.

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