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With Shortages Looming, Zimbabwe Gov't Relaunching Food For Work Programs

The Zimbabwean government is relaunching food-for-work programs, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made confirmed to VOA on Tuesday.

The food-for-work initiative will be rolled out with help from non-governmental organizations through the Ministry of Local Government, Made said.

VOA was unable to reach responsible officials at that ministry for confirmation and further details.

The program launch comes amid predictions of food shortages across the country, especially in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces, hard hit by drought.

Christian Care National Director Forbes Matonga told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that while the food-for-work concept is noble, Zimbabwe would be more food secure if so many farmers were not growing lucrative tobacco instead of maize, the national staple.