HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and
the Zimbabwean government on Monday jointly launched a 253
million U.S. dollars five-year plan to build resilience, end
hunger and boost nutrition in Zimbabwe.
strategic plan, running from 2017-2021, will see the WFP moving
away from short-term food assistance to longer-term technical
assistance in Zimbabwe, WFP Zimbabwe representative and country
director Eddie Rowe told reporters at the launch.
strong humanitarian assistance, the WFP Zimbabwe’s new country
strategic plan focuses on supporting longer-term national social
protection and resilience efforts, strengthening the systems and
institutions needed to help achieve zero hunger,” Rowe said.
He said 53 million
dollars of the total budget was earmarked for 2017.
The five-year plan,
Rowe said, was based on the findings of the 2015 zero hunger
strategic review which identified several factors as the root
causes of hunger in Zimbabwe.
Some of the factors
are recurrent climate-related disasters, poverty, poor access to
water, fragile economic environment, liquidity challenges, low
agricultural productivity, limited access to markets and HIV and
Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe Bishow Parajuli commended the
WFP for its efforts in helping Zimbabwe to eradicate hunger, and
called for greater collaboration among development partners to
help Zimbabwe meet Sustainable Development Goals.
According to the WFP,
63 percent of Zimbabweans live below the poverty line while 27
percent of children have stunted growth.
About 4 million
people out of the of the country’s 14 million population were
food insecure at the peak of the hunger season in January 2017,
the UN agency said.
background, the WFP said it would help Zimbabwe to eradicate
hunger and improve nutrition through capacitating food insecure
people and increasing small holder farmers’ access to
well-functioning agricultural markets, among other measures.
China donates over 12,000
tonnes of rice to Zimbabwe
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
China on Monday donated 12,173 tonnes of rice to
Zimbabwe to assist vulnerable people that were affected by
drought which wreaked havoc last year.
Labor and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the
donation, which follows Zimbabwe’s international food aid appeal
in 2016, would also be distributed to families that were
affected by floods in February this year.
Speaking at the
signing ceremony with the Chinese Embassy, Mupfumira said the
rice was expected in the country by June.
In response to the
appeal, China in 2016 already donated 19,000 tonnes of rice
which had been distributed to the needy throughout the country.
“Today we are
witnessing another contribution from China where they are
donating 12,173 tonnes of rice to Zimbabwe. We appreciate the
gesture made by China,” the minister said.
The donation comes
after China on March 31, 2017 handed over 1 million U.S. dollars
to Zimbabwe to help thousands of families affected by floods
that hit the southern parts of the country in February.
The Red Cross
Society of China also donated 50,000 dollars while the Chinese
community in Zimbabwe chipped in with 10,000 dollars to assist
the flood victims.
Mupfumira said the
Zimbabwe government had distributed 481,073 tonnes of maize to
the needy since October last year.
Heavy rains that
were worsened by Cyclone Dineo in February left 271 people dead,
another 128 injured and nearly 2,000 homeless in Zimbabwe.
The deaths were
caused by lightning strikes, drowning and landslides, according
to the Civil Protection Unit.
Mugabe on March 2 declared a State of Flood Disaster, leading to
the launching of a domestic and international appeal for nearly
189 million dollars to help victims and repair infrastructure
such as homes, roads, bridges, dams, schools, water and
UN, partners warn 108 mln
people face severe food insecurity worldwide
UNITED NATIONS New York, (Xinhua) --
Some 108 million people worldwide were
severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared
with 80 million in 2015, according to a UN-backed report on food
crises released Friday.
“The cost in human
and resource terms only increases if we let situations
deteriorate,” said UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva, in a news release on
the Global Report on Food Crises 2017.
“We can prevent
people dying from famine but if we do not scale up our efforts
to save, protect and invest in rural livelihoods, tens of
millions will remain severely food insecure,” he added.
Civil conflict is
the driving factor in nine of the 10 worst humanitarian crises,
underscoring the strong linkage between peace and food security,
said the report.
crisis, creating ever greater instability and insecurity. What
is a food security challenge today becomes tomorrow’s security
challenge,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “It is
a race against time - the world must act now to save the lives
and livelihoods of the millions at the brink of starvation.”
This year, the
demand for humanitarian and resilience building assistance will
further escalate as four countries are at risk of famine: South
Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria.
Other countries that
require massive levels of assistance because of widespread food
insecurity are Iraq, Syria (including refugees in neighboring
countries) Malawi and Zimbabwe. In the absence of immediate and
substantive action, the food security situation in these
countries will continue to worsen in coming months, according to