17 February 2014
Zvishavane - As many as 2.2 million people – one quarter of the rural population – are now in need of food assistance. This follows last year’s poor harvest caused by factors including erratic weather patterns and high seed and fertilizer prices. WFP had planned to be assisting 1.8 million people at this stage of the ‘lean season’ (the period before next month’s harvest when most rural families have exhausted their own-produced food stocks) but can only reach 1.2 million people owing to funding challenges.
6 December 2013
This time last year, Siphelile Mahlangu planted maize and sorghum seeds on four acres of land, the equivalent of two football pitches - quite a feat for a 69 year-old woman with limited assistance and two children with mental disabilities to support. With only sticks as a fence for her fields, cows broke through and destroyed her entire crop. WFP and partners are providing food to families like Siphelile’s who harvested little, have few income options and are struggling to buy food as prices continue to rise.
28 November 2013
When award-winning Zimbabwean artist Rogers Makunda discovered he was HIV-positive in 2009, he wanted to keep living and working as he had before. But that proved impossible, especially after his brother died and he found himself providing for several more children. Now enrolled in WFP’s Health and Nutrition Programme, Makunda is back at work – and looking ahead.
3 September 2013
As Zimbabwe braces for the worst 'hunger season' in years, WFP is preparing food and cash distributions to help farmers like Mavis Mukarati hold on to her goats.
31 July 2013
Like many single mothers who have been outcast after testing HIV positive, Tambudzai has had a tough time. She was born to poor parents and has lived much of her life on the margins of society. But one day an outreach worker knocked on her door and advised her to seek help. She now receives free anti-retroviral treatment and counselling at a clinic in her village.
6 June 2013
For the last four months, Marble's mode of transport was a wheelbarrow pushed by her elderly mother. It took two hours each way from their village to the nearest clinic but Marble’s illness gave them few alternatives. Now she is walking again. Under the shade of a lemon tree in the clinic's courtyard, whilst waiting their turn to collect her monthly food rations from WFP, the two women recount their trials and eventual triumph as Marble’s health improved.
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.
- Zimbabwe: WFP Director Appeals for Funding Source: The Herald (Zimbabwe)
- Africa food crisis: UK pledges £35m to Malawi and Zimbabwe Source: BBC News
- 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
- 20 December 2013 Hungry Months Ahead in Zimbabwe
- 27 September 2013 One Family's Struggle After Poor Harvest In Zimbabwe
- 2 August 2013 Zimbabwe: Helping People Help Themselves
- 12 April 2013 Zimbabwe Food for Assets - Part Two