17 May 2013
Harare - Persistent hunger and under-nutrition continue to be major obstacles to development and economic growth in Zimbabwe, especially among the poor. A third of Zimbabwe’s children between six months and five years are short for their age and hence more prone to disease. The United Nations, through its specialist agencies- WFP, UNICEF, WHO and FAO - has supported the development of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy for Zimbabwe. The policy, launched in Harare on 16 May 2013 by the President of Zimbabwe, H.E Robert Mugabe, seeks to promote adequate food and nutrition security for all, particularly amongst the poor whose lives are most vulnerable to the dangers and deprivations caused by hunger and malnutrition.
21 March 2013
With a shift in focus towards productive asset creation, WFP uses food or cash as an incentive for people to work on community projects that will help them grow out of poverty and into food security for their families.
14 March 2013
On January 22, Saliwe Sithole woke up surrounded by water as far as her eyes could see. Flash floods in parts of Zimbabwe washed away homes and crops, killing 30 people and countless animals in January. The government, in partnership with humanitarian agencies including WFP, responded by providing shelter, food and blankets to ensure that the basic needs of the flood victims were covered.
28 February 2013
With a hoe in one hand and old rosary beads clutched in the other, Netsai Dumba (29) heads in the blazing heat to her empty field. Like many other small-holder farmers, she took a gamble by planting during the late rains, using money borrowed from a money lender to buy seed and fertilizer.
21 December 2012
Mothers and grandmothers around the world tend to want to feed their families. For Sakina Chikwanda in Zimbabwe, this seemed an impossibility following drought in parts of the country. The World Food Programme (WFP) has partnered with the Government of Zimbabwe to ensure those most vulnerable have enough to eat until the next harvest.
31 October 2012
More than a million Zimbabweans are estimated to be living in South Africa, many of them without documentation. A special amnesty gave undocumented migrants a year to regularize their stay, and after the amnesty expired in late 2011, South Africa resumed deportation of those who failed to do so. Several thousand Zimbabweans are repatriated every month. At the Beitbridge border post, WFP has been providing them with hot meals to help sustain them through the journey home.
23 August 2012
Matabeleland in Zimbabwe is not known for its bumper harvests but this year, for the first time in many years, 100 smallholder farmers from Insiza have managed to harvest enough maize for themselves and to sell some despite a largely poor agricultural season.
30 July 2012
The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) estimates that over 1.6 million people will be food insecure between January and March 2013, the peak hunger months in Zimbabwe. This is a 60 percent increase from the one million people who needed assistance at the beginning of this year. WFP and partners are planning to scale up operations to ensure vulnerable households have enough food to sustain themselves until the next harvest.
27 July 2012
Food shortages are on the way for the rural poor of Zimbabwe, according to a new report estimating that poor harvests could leave 1.6 million people in need of food assistance. With food needs on the rise, WFP and its partners are gearing up to respond with a combination food distributions and cash voucher programmes
19 July 2012
In Zimbabwe, WFP and the German Government’s development agency, GIZ, are working together to improve the food security of vulnerable people in rural Manicaland. Since 2009, not only has WFP managed the logistics and warehousing of GIZ’s largest agricultural project in Zimbabwe, but recently the project has also adopted WFP’s style of distribution plans and locations.
- 1.4 Million Zimbabweans Receiving WFP Food Aid Source: VOA News
- Grim food security outlook for Zimbabwe Source: IRIN News
- More than 1.5 million Zimbabweans need food: WFP Source: UN Radio
- Zimbabweans Brace for Bleak Holidays Source: AP/ABC News
- Over 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of Africa to receive food relief from UN Source: UN News Centre