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Statement on access to jet fuel in Zimbabwe

HARARE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is aware of a news article alleging shortages of Jet A-1 fuel in Zimbabwe that would impact negatively on relief efforts. The information in this article is outdated.

WFP Zimbabwe, working closely in coordination with Department of Civil Protection and local fuel suppliers, has secured adequate fuel supplies for its current operations.  In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Idai, ensuring access to fuel for relief operations was an urgent priority.

WFP continues to liaise with Government and other partners to ensure sufficient access to fuel to continue air operations to affected areas.

WFP is currently providing humanitarian air services to some 20 partners, supporting the delivery of urgently-needed relief items (including food, medicine and shelter) to those in need in Chimanimani and Chipinge.

Over the next three months WFP plans to reach up to 270,000 affected people with food and nutrition assistance. The plan will include multiple phases, from initial focused distributions of a nutrition product, Super Cereal +, to the most vulnerable, for three weeks, to scaling up to a full food ration for the broader population for three months, and it will also include a final early recovery phase.

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For more information please contact (email address:

Ashley Baxstrom, WFP/Harare, Tel. +263 8677 000 805, Mob/whatsapp +263 772 295 684

Gerald Bourke, WFP/Beira, Mob/whatsapp: +27 82 90 81 417

Deborah Nguyen, WFP/Beira, Mob: +258 86 505 6300 / whatsapp +33 652 89 76 44