Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.