Zimbabwe is recovering from a prolonged crisis that started with the Southern Africa drought in 2002 and culminated in 2009 when USAID and other donors were providing emergency food aid to over 7 million people. Since the stabilization of the economy, there has been a significant decrease in the number of those in need, to 1.6 million in 2012. USAID supports a consortium of NGOs responding to short-term food needs while laying the foundation for long-term food security. While humanitarian needs have decreased rapidly, USAID is still ready to provide emergency assistance as needed as the country transitions away from economic collapse, including food aid and support for agriculture and food security, rural and urban livelihoods, protection of vulnerable populations, and water, sanitation, and hygiene activities.
Last updated: May 10, 2013