Zimbabwe

Janet Mungofa, age 56, carries her monthly supply of cereals from a recent WFP food distribution. Copyright: WFP\Tomson Phiri

Helping People Through Zimbabwe's Hungry Months

ZvishavaneIn parts of rural Zimbabwe, the post-harvest period is traditionally associated with joy and merry-making as food is plentiful - but not so this year. Barren fields and shrivelled crops point to tough times ahead. It’s the end of the rainy season and rivers have long dried up. Nonetheless, desperate droves of cattle, goats and sheep are drawn to dry river beds in search of water. Drought has once again played havoc with the lives of men and beasts. 

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