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16 May 2017

United States Provides Crucial Support For People Living With HIV/AIDS In Southern Africa

Johannesburg – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$13.4 million contribution from the United States government to support people living with HIV, AIDS and TB in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
3 April 2017

WFP And Partners: New Five-Year Plan To End Hunger In Zimbabwe

HARARE – The World Food Programme (WFP), together with the Government of Zimbabwe, launched a five-year plan today to build resilience, end hunger and boost nutrition in country.

30 January 2017

United States Provides $4 Million To Alleviate Impact Of Drought On People Living With HIV

Harare, 30 January, 2016 – The United States Government has provided an additional US$4 million in response to drought affected areas in Zimbabwe, targeting people living with HIV in the most severely affected areas of the country. This funding brings the total U.S. support to alleviate the effects of drought to $131 million, assisting 2 million people since June 2015. The funding comes from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The activities will be implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Cash and Vouchers
16 March 2016

WFP Boosts Food And Cash Assistance As El Nino’s Grip On Zimbabwe Tightens

HARARE – Vulnerable people in Zimbabwe will continue to receive relief assistance from the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) through what is usually a period of bounty but which this year has turned into a time of want. WFP is extending its relief programme due to the punishing impact of El Niño on the food security of the country.

3 March 2016

United States Government contributes additional $10 million in response to drought

Harare -The United States Government announced $10 million in additional funding in response to the critical food security situation in Zimbabwe. The contribution, provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), brings the total U.S. funding for drought relief since June 2015 to $35 million, ensuring 600,000 rural Zimbabweans have adequate food supplies to cope with the drought.
12 February 2016

El Niño Set To Have A Devastating Impact On Southern Africa’s Harvests And Food Security

Joint Statement by WFP, FEWS NET, EC-JRC and FAO*

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.

Climate Change
2 December 2015

Releasing Disaster Funds Before Crises Would Transform Humanitarian Response

ROME/PARIS – As the world negotiates a new climate deal, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), together with German Red Cross (GRC), unveiled a forecast-based approach which would transform the humanitarian system. This new approach will release funds for disaster preparedness and response before the crisis occurs while providing the necessary funds for resilience building activities.

Hunger in the news
21 February 2014

WFP Executive Director Visits Zimbabwe At Peak Of The Country's Lean Season

Harare – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has met Zimbabwe’s leaders to discuss food insecurity in the country. It is estimated that at this point of the lean season – the pre-harvest period when many families have depleted their own-produced stocks – one in four people in rural areas is having problems meeting food needs.

Hunger in the news
19 February 2014

Visit To Zimbabwe By Executive Director Of The United Nations World Food Programme

HARARE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, begins a visit to Zimbabwe today. She will meet senior government officials and local representatives of donor governments to discuss WFP operations and issues of food and nutrition security in the country.

11 February 2014

United States Provides More Help For Zimbabwe’s Hungry Families

UMGUZA, Zimbabwe – The United States is providing the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with an additional US$4 million to support vulnerable families suffering from the effects of drought and consecutive poor harvests in Zimbabwe.

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