Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Zimbabwe

March 14, 2016

Food Security Situation                             

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  • Recent poor seasonal rains and El Niño conditions are expected to adversely impact household food security. As a result, in February 2016, the President of Zimbabwe declared a state of national disaster.  Much of the south of the country is expected to be in Crisis (IPC 3) through September 2016. An estimated 2.8 million of 9.4 million rural Zimbabweans are currently facing food insecurity.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is providing both lean season food assistance as well as working with WFP on Food for Assets interventions aimed at empowering rural communities to increase their resilience to shocks by creating productive assets that will gradually offset the need for seasonal food assistance. To date, USAID has contributed more than $32 million in emergency food assistance reaching 600,000 people since 2015 in response to the drought.

  • FFP’s two five-year development programs with partners World Vision and CNFA are 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. In response to the drought from El Niño, FFP has contributed approximately $5 million to these development partners to expand food rations and to support the creation of dams and irrigation schemes through Food for Assets activities.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $15.3 million 11,520 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $30.8 million 17,155 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $34.8 million 12,813 MT

Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $5.6 million 6,270 MT
Title II Emergency $9.7 million* 5,250 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) --- ---

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET as of March 2016.
*Includes Section 202(e) resources for cash transfers and regional purchase of specialized nutrition products.

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Last updated: March 14, 2016

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