Once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa, Zimbabwe is facing famine as it moves into planting season. The political impasse between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders has led to a 231 million percent inflation rate that makes food and seed unaffordable.
“The situation is not very encouraging, and it deteriorates every year,” said Ambrose Moyo, executive director of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa and former bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe.
To help, the ELCA is providing $330,000 for 90 metric tons of seed and fertilizer that will be purchased through local partners in South Africa, transported by truck into Zimbabwe and distributed by the ELCZ to about 15,000 families.
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