10% of rural households face food insecurity
76%of rural households live in poverty
63%of the population lives below the poverty line
Sixty-seven percent of Zimbabwe’s population live in rural areas and 65 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), almost 72 percent of its 14 million people live under the total consumption poverty line and 17 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished. Zimbabwe’s economy has sharply declined in the last 10 years. Zimbabwe ranks 156 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014).
One of Zimbabwe’s most pressing problems is food insecurity, worsened by a decline in agricultural production, because of weather conditions (drought); land disputes; and lack of access to training, resources and credit.