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21 Oct 2016 description

Key points:

  • Almost all households in northern Midlands are resorting to negative food- related coping strategies.
  • Households led by women are engaging in more negative coping than those led by men, indicating higher levels of stress.
  • Over three quarters of respondent households are reducing the number of meals they eat in a day.
  • Small grains are unavailable in most markets in Mwenezi district.

Situation Update

21 Oct 2016 description

Executive Summary

Social and citizen movements continue to gather momentum although in the month under review their activities have been restricted by the ban on protests affecting Harare. The social movements and unions like #Tajamuka, #ThisFlag, #ThisGown, National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (NAVUZ), Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) and have been recently joined by the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA), a coalition of 18 political parties.

21 Oct 2016 description

Agriculture & Food Security Updates

  • The Comprehensive Livelihoods, Food Security, and Nutrition Vulnerability Assessment (ZimVAC) indicate that 2.2 million people are currently food insecure (July-Sept). This number is expected to increase to 4.1 million people at the peak of the lean season, from January to March 2017.

20 Oct 2016 description
report AlertNet

Many small farmers are using agroecology techniques that include using natural methods to improve the soil and protect against pests

By Alex Whiting

ROME, Oct 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like many small-scale farmers, Elizabeth Mpofu from drought-hit Zimbabwe has had to adapt her homestead to cope with a changing climate, which the United Nations says threatens to push millions globally into poverty and hunger.

Read more on Thomson Reuters Foundation

20 Oct 2016 description


20 Oct 2016 description

ISS and UNDP Zimbabwe developed an innovative approach that gives ongoing support to institutions based on specific needs.

‘Conventional capacity building initiatives are not enough to assist peacebuilding practitioners to address the challenges they are faced with in planning for successful results’, says Annette Leijenaar, Head of the ISS POPB division. ‘There is a need to develop methods that will enable organisations to collaborate and mobilise resources across all levels to effect positive change in peacebuilding environments.’

18 Oct 2016 description


  • WFP is launching a cash smart card in Zvishavane, empowering the people assisted to make decisions on what food to purchase.

  • WFP is scaling up its cash-based transfers under Lean Season Assistance, now reaching 30 percent of all the people assisted with cash-based solutions.

  • Following close coordination with partners to ensure complementarity and reduce overlaps under the Lean Season Assistance Programme, WFP has reduced its planned targets from October through March 2017.

18 Oct 2016 description

Humanitarian assistance improves the food security situation in Malawi and Zimbabwe

Key Messages

17 Oct 2016 description

The Zimbabwe Peace Project is gravely concerned by the continued discrimination of other citizens in the distribution of food thus violating their right to food. ZPP is worried by the deliberate exclusion of other citizens in the distribution of food when most Zimbabweans are struggling as the food situation is dire considering that most granaries are dry. The country witnessed the distrbution of food at a Zanu PF rally in Norton constituency which meant that all other citizens regardless of their food vulnerabilities were excluded.

16 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In the month of August, 526 children were admitted for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) treatment in the 20 priority districts with high global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels (5% and above), bringing the cumulative number of children aged 6-59 months who were treated for SAM in the 20 districts in 2016 to 4,447.

15 Oct 2016 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( p), Similar ( u), or Lower ( q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

14 Oct 2016 description

HARARE – To mark World Food Day on 16 October, the World Food Programme (WFP) is highlighting the need for bold and constructive partnerships between governments, business and organizations that will create the requisite momentum towards achieving Zero Hunger and shaping a brighter future for millions of children.

13 Oct 2016 description
  • Southern Africa is experiencing the worst El Niño-induced drought in 35 years, following the failure of two consecutive rainy seasons. Governments have led the response. However, the scale of needs overwhelm national capacity. Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe have declared national drought emergencies, and Mozambique declared a red alert; all, together with Madagascar, calling for urgent international assistance.

13 Oct 2016 description
report World Bank, GFDRR


As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.

12 Oct 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Elizabeth Mpofu is a fighter. She is one of a select group of farmers who equate food security with the war against hunger and shun poor agricultural practices which destroy the environment and impoverish farmers, especially women.

Mpofu grows maize, legumes and different beans on her environmentally-friendly 10-hectare farm in Masvingo Province, about 290 kms southeast of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.

11 Oct 2016 description

Sector Overview

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to slow- and rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, USAID/OFDA provided approximately $247 million to support WASH programs in more than 35 countries.

11 Oct 2016 description

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and manmade disasters.

11 Oct 2016 description

By Tatenda Macheka

Southern Africa is reeling from the worst drought in three decades. In Zimbabwe, more than four million people are struggling to put food on their tables. Without adequate and timely assistance, rural communities could lose years of hard-won development gains. WFP is evolving its response to hunger, using technology and cash-based transfers (CBT) to make a difference in people's lives.