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Food is a basic human right. It is inherently related to the fundamental right to life. This means the state has an obligation to ensure that at the very least people do not starve by ensuring food accessibility in terms of price, distance and availability. The onus is also on the state to ensure that there is transparent food distribution and to ascertain non-discrimination in such distribution.
This Human Rights Monthly analyses to what extent this situation is given in Zimbabwe. It particularly looks at the origins of the food crisis and compares food security in rural and urban areas. On the basis of the analysis, recommendations are formulated towards national and international actors to ameliorate the situation.
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