The Guardian reports that the United Nations is to halve the food ration to millions of Zimbabweans. This will bring the food aid below the level deemed to be enough to keep an adult alive. This is because the number of people dependent on aid is rising and donations from foreign governments are falling well short of demand.
"The World Food Programme is to cut the core maize ration in February from 10kg to 5kg a month – or just 600 calories a day – for 7 million Zimbabweans, about 70% of the people left in the country. The recommended ration is 12kg a month".
I was planning to give up one meal a day for Lent, which in 2009 is between 25th February and the 11th April and donate the money that I would have spent for food aid but perhaps I should begin now.