Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Zimbabwe

February 7, 2014

Food Security Situation                             

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  • The Zimbabwe vulnerability assessment released in September 2013 indicated that up to 2.2 million people would need food assistance during the October 2013 to March 2014 lean season. The current high levels of food insecurity are a result of a number of factors including adverse weather conditions, lack or high cost of agricultural inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, and projected high cereal prices due to the poor maize harvest.

  • The rainy season started late-October 2013 and by the end of 2013 most districts have received cumulative rainfall higher than levels during the same period last year. This allowed planting to begin on time, with most households using seed and fertilizers received through the government input support program as well as FAO’s crop input and livestock support programThe rainy season started late-October 2013 and by the end of 2013 most districts have received cumulative rainfall higher than levels during the same period last year. This allowed planting to begin on time, with most households using seed and fertilizers received through the government input support program as well as FAO’s crop input and livestock support program. 
     

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) contributes in-kind vegetable oil, pulses, and cereals for WFP’s Seasonal Targeted Assistance Program (STA). In areas where markets are functioning, a FFP contribution to the STA will go towards cash transfers - allowing individuals to purchase cereals - complemented by regionally purchased pulses and oil. A full food basket of cereals, pulses and oil purchased regionally will be provided to individuals in areas without functioning marketsThe Office of Food for Peace (FFP) contributes in-kind vegetable oil, pulses, and cereals for WFP’s Seasonal Targeted Assistance Program (STA). In areas where markets are functioning, a FFP contribution to the STA will go towards cash transfers - allowing individuals to purchase cereals - complemented by regionally purchased pulses and oil. A full food basket of cereals, pulses and oil purchased regionally will be provided to individuals in areas without functioning markets.

  • FFP has awarded two new five-year development programs to World Vision and CNFA which will be operating in four provinces of Southern Zimbabwe. These programs seek to improve the nutritional status of children under five, expand and diversify agricultural production, increase household income, and help communities prepare for disasters through disaster risk reduction activities.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2013 $48.1 million 28,036 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $42.0 million 25,165 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $50.8 million 34,080 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $79.5 million 30,930 MT
Fiscal Year 2009 $165.0 million 188,710 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $3 million 2,960 MT
Title II Emergency $1 million 520 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $3 million 1,983 MT

Food Security Situation information is provided by WFP as of November 2013


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Last updated: February 10, 2014

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