WORLD IN BRIEF
Millions Facing Hunger In Zimbabwe, U.N. Says
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- More than a third of Zimbabweans will need food aid by early 2008 after a poor harvest this year, leading international aid organizations said Tuesday.
A report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program said crop failures in southern provinces and rising poverty would cause about 2.1 million people to face serious food shortages by the third quarter of this year.
The number is expected to grow to 4.1 million by the end of March, which would be a third of Zimbabwe's estimated 12 million people.
The grim outlook comes as President Robert Mugabe struggles to tame the world's highest inflation rate and ease political tensions in the southern African country once seen as the region's breadbasket.
Zimbabwe has suffered food shortages since 2001. Critics blame Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.
Zimbabwean agriculture officials were not immediately available for comment on the report.
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