Robson Madoka and his wife receive electronic vouchers for food assistance

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Freedom Through Food In Zimbabwe

When you’re in good health and have ready access to food, you tend not to give it much thought. But when you don’t, then you realize you’re in trouble – and the worry can consume you. Through WFP’s Health and Nutrition programme, thousands of families are once again able to start living without constantly worrying about these basics.

Overview

In recent years, food production in Zimbabwe has been devastated by a number of factors including natural disasters and economic and political instability. Recurrent drought, a series of poor harvests, high unemployment (estimated at more than 60%), restructuring of the agriculture sector and a high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate – at 14.7 per cent, the fifth highest in the world - have all contributed to increasing levels of vulnerability and acute food insecurity since 2001. This situation has necessitated large-scale humanitarian food relief operations in the country.

 

 

 
 
Empowered Lives

After drought and other shocks, it is vital that vulnerable households bounce back quickly. WFP helps communities build assets such as irrigation systems and earth dams to bolster resilience. Here, Topora villagers, once dependant on food assistance, harvest fish for the first time in a pond WFP helped create through a Cash/Food for Assets programme.

Copyright: WFP/Tomson Phiri

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