LAST week, government declared the 2015/16 cropping season a national disaster to enable it to put together the resources required to fend off starvation. Government wants to raise US$1,5 billion to feed an estimated three million people who are in urgent need of food handouts following drought currently ravaging parts of the sub region in the wake of the El Nino weather phenomenon. While we are relieved that government has declared the season a national disaster, we cannot understand why it took this long for the country’s leadership to take such an important step. As early as January 2015, agricultural experts had warned of the impending drought in some parts of southern Africa, including Zimbabwe. Institutions such as the Famine…