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10 August 2009

Food security has greatly improved since the 2008/09 season, when nearly 7 million people were receiving food assistance, compared with projections for the 2009/10 period, when an estimated 2 million to 2.4 million people will require assistance. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and UN World Food Programme Crop and Food Assessment Mission forecast the 2009 cereal harvest at 1.3 million tons, compared to 690,000 tons in 2008.


7 August 2009

As the country braces itself for another year of food shortages, the UN food agencies, the Food and Agricultural Organisation and the World Food Programme predict the need for large-scale food assistance starting in August and September of this year. Seven million people - more than half the population of 12 million - will need to rely on donated food in the coming months.


20 July 2009

Large-scale food assistance to Zimbabweans could start in the next few weeks, according to a USAID situation report released on 16 July. (..) WFP spokesman Richard Lee told IRIN a Vulnerability Assessment Committee would survey Zimbabwe's food requirements in August "to give a better picture" of the country's needs and the options available, which "may not be just straight food assistance". He said private-sector imports would alleviate Zimbabwe's food shortages but, like the rest of the southern African region, the availability of food did not mean that people could afford to pay for it.


12 July 2009

Finance Minister Tendai Biti on Friday pledged more than US$140 million for small farmers, in an effort to reverse the effects of Robert Mugabe's land resettlement scheme and ultimately promote food production. Millions of Zimbabweans are set to face critical food shortages this year, and reports by the United Nations World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organisation indicate that Zimbabwe is in for its lowest ever winter-wheat harvest.


3 July 2009

A Zimbabwean Catholic priest has told CAFOD that despite supermarket shelves heaving with food imported from South Africa, the majority of Zimbabweans are still in need of food and basic medicines, as the country remains gripped in the worst humanitarian crisis since independence. Battered by years of political and economic upheaval the country's economy is in shreds. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that half the population of 12 million people will be reliant on food aid.


2 July 2009

The Greek Embassy in Harare has donated US$650 000 to Zimbabwe to help fight cholera and assist in food relief projects. (..) The donated amount has been transferred, in equal parts, to the World Health Organisation and the World Food Programme.


30 June 2009

The Zimbabwean government has announced new measures to boost local cereal purchases through its crisis-ridden Grain Marketing Board (GMB), but farmers are not convinced the plan will work. (..) A recent joint crop assessment report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) described the liberalization of the grain market as a "very positive development" that would encourage farmers to produce commercially and improve grain reserves.


30 June 2009

The United Nations has said Zimbabwe's maize production has doubled to 1.14 million tons, a figure slightly lower than the government's projection of 1.2 million tons, The Herald reported on Tuesday. In a joint report released recently, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) forecast an increase of 130 percent on the 2008 maize harvest. FAO and WFP have attributed the good harvest to improvements in the agriculture sector, good rainfall and the liberal agricultural policies.


25 June 2009

Zimbabwe's agricultural production is estimated to have risen significantly this year but many people still face serious problems finding basic foods, the United Nations said Thursday. "High food insecurity persists in Zimbabwe in spite of improvements in agricultural production and a more liberal import policy this year," said the report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Program. (..) "This year's improved harvest comes after two consecutive years of poor production," said WFP's Jan Delbaere, a co-leader of a U.N. mission to Zimbabwe in early May that produced the report.


25 June 2009

Zimbabwe's agricultural production is estimated to have risen significantly this year but many people still face serious problems finding basic foods, the United Nations said Thursday. "High food insecurity persists in Zimbabwe in spite of improvements in agricultural production and a more liberal import policy this year," said the report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Program. (..) "This year's improved harvest comes after two consecutive years of poor production," said WFP's Jan Delbaere, a co-leader of a U.N. mission to Zimbabwe in early May that produced the report.