Netsai and granddaughter Kudakwashe can now afford to smile

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Orphaned Child In Zimbabwe Smiles Again

Harare – WFP is providing nutritional support to malnourished children under five years of age, to pregnant and nursing women, and to food-insecure households with chronically-ill members. This is the story of the support being given to one family in Zimbabwe.

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.

 

 

 
 
Gokwe's Flooded Roads

Gandavaroyi, a village in Gokwe North, is only accessible by a rough gravel road. It lies some 455 km from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. The area is often hit by drought - though in March, heavy rains resulted in widespread flooding. One WFP Field Monitor, Innocent Sauti, learnt about this the hard way when he and a colleague had to push their vehicle when it got stuck in deep mud.

Copyright: WFP/Tomson Phiri

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)95,608
Beneficiary needs ($US)134,357,103