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3 September 2010

Less than 10 percent of Zimbabwe’s children aged two and under are consuming a diet that is “minimally acceptable”, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned in a report published last week. The UN agency said the majority of Zimbabwean toddlers were at risk of malnutrition due to a lack of balanced diets. “Only 8.4 percent of children under 2 are consuming a diet that is minimally acceptable,” WFP said in the latest Global Update: Food Security Monitoring released on Tuesday.


12 August 2010

The donation of $70 million in international food aid has improved food security in Zimbabwe, though 1.68 million people remain in need, a U.N. report said.(..)"Despite the improved availability of food, up to 1.68 million people will need food assistance because prices remain comparatively high for families with low incomes and little or no access to U.S. dollars or South African rand," said WFP's Jan Delbaere, who co-wrote the report.


10 August 2010

Nearly 1.7 million Zimbabweans will require food assistance in the 2010/11 season despite the recent recovery of the country's troubled agriculture sector, United Nations agencies said in a report on Tuesday.(..)"Despite the improved availability of food, up to 1.68 million people will need food assistance because prices remain comparatively high for families with low incomes and little or no access to U.S. dollars or South African rand," co-author Jan Delbaere of the U.N. World Food Programme said in the report.


23 July 2010

From breadbasket of Africa to African basket case — that’s Zimbabwe. A country rooted in agriculture that now must import maize and wheat, 7 million of its people targeted for assistance this year by the World Food Program. At least 85 per cent of the population is unemployed, 49 per cent malnourished according to WFP figures, with 83 per cent living on less than $2 a day.


15 July 2010

Tinashe, a single mother of three living in Mbare township in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, regularly misses a meal so as to stretch her US$90 a month income, and occasionally gives her children food left over from her employers' meals at the middle-class household where she is a domestic worker. (..) "Nearly 12,000 child deaths each year may be attributable to maternal and child under-nutrition", the latest Zimbabwe Food and National Nutrition Survey noted. The survey was produced by the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) (..).


6 July 2010

Algerian government has handed over 397 of the 2 500 tonnes of rice it pledged to assist Zimbabwe with. (..) World Food Programme country director Mr Felix Bamezon also expressed his gratitude. WFP facilitated ferrying the 397 tonnes of rice from Beira and will distribute it to vulnerable groups.


13 May 2010

A UN agency says Zimbabwe will need humanitarian aid this year after crop failures caused a grain shortfall of about half a million metric tons. The World Food Program said on Wednesday that one-third of the country's districts - mainly in the south and east - failed to produce enough food to meet their needs in coming months.


11 May 2010

Zimbabwe is facing a cereal deficit of 459 000 metric tones, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a new report released Monday. The WFP said in a crop and livestock assessment report that 20 out of the country’s 62 districts had failed to produce enough food to meet consumption requirements (..).


27 April 2010

Ongoing farm seizures in Zimbabwe pose one of the greatest threats to the hopes of a better life by the thousands of people displaced by the country’s political crisis, according to the World Food Programme. The UN agency said most of Zimbabwe’s internally displaced persons (IDPs) faced an uncertain future due to the disturbances prohibiting stability in the key agricultural sector.


6 April 2010

An international food relief agency, The World Food Programme, has made a timely intervention to rescue embattled Shabanie and Mashava Mine (SMM) workers from starvation.(..)WFP Zimbabwe's programme director, Kevin Farrell, told Radio VOP in an interview Thursday that his organisation, despite focusing mainly in the rural areas, was touched by the plight of the more than 5 000 workers who were vulnerable.