HARARE, (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.
maintaining 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
He said 53
million dollars of the total budget was earmarked for
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 AIDS.
HARARE (Xinhua) --
United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe
Bishow Parajuli [left] displays a report while World Food
Program (WFP) Zimbabwe Representative and Country Director
Eddie Rowe delivers his speech during the launch of a
five-year (2017-2021) plan to build resilience, end hunger
and boost nutrition in Harare, Zimbabwe, April 3, 2017.
The United Nations World Food Program (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.
United Nations 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.