Zimbabwe is experiencing a GNP annual growth rate of zero. It’s participation in war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, political turmoil, rampant inflation, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic are responsible for the stagnant economy.
Thirteen percent of the population is underweight. Shortages of food due to droughts and unequal distribution of wealth are responsible for increasing malnutrition and are demonstrated by the high prevalence of obese women in urban areas.
Zimbabwe banned imports of fresh fruit and vegetables arguing that increased local production will meet domestic demand. The ban will mostly impact supplies of tomatoes, potatoes, mangoes, grapes and apples from South Africa.