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Matambanadzo builds bright future

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The Zimbabwean

by Clayton Masekesa

Using her knowledge and vast experience as a psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands for many years, Jane Matambanadzo returned home in 2009 to establish a children’s home in her home town of Juliasdale in Nyanga.

Touched by the increasing number of orphans as a result of HIV and AIDS, Matamganadzo, 42, founded the Gateway Children’s Home in 2009 with the help of John Graham Foundation (JGF) and The Reap Fellowship Trust (RFT).

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UNHCR and WFP Joint Assessment Mission Report: Tongogara Refugee Camp, Zimbabwe

The Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) was conducted over the period from February until June 2014 with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the situation, needs, risks, capacities and vulnerabilities of asylum seekers and refugees with regards to their food and nutrition security as well as livelihood opportunities, and providing recommendations for the next 6 to 12 months. This JAM report aims to provide information for programming through the design of a joint -programme cycle for UN agencies and their partners under the coordination of the Government of Zimbabwe.

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Hate speech against political opponents has potential to incite violence

The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) notes with grave concern recent political developments in the ruling Zanu PF party and the MDC-T which parties are set for elective congresses in December and October respectively. ZPP appreciates that heated contestations are part of the body politic, but is also aware and concerned over the heightened tensions caused by hate speech and attacks on rivals that goes beyond acceptable political contests.

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“I Am So Happy and Cannot Hold Back My Joy”

When he was 14, Gibson Chijaka, an orphan living in Epworth, on the outskirts of the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, was diagnosed with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). It was fortunate that it was detected early on and that he began treatment promptly, but his guardians thought it was his death knell. Given all the terrifying stories they'd heard about the disease, they couldn't have imagined the day would come when Gibson would be declared cured.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief, October 2014

Food shortages and weak purchasing power will limit food availability and access, particularly for the urban poor and for households with ill or deceased family members, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Zimbabwe Farmers Buy Breeding Cattle in Namibia, South Africa

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Voice of America

Gibbs Dube
25.10.2014 14:26

WASHINGTON DC—Some farmers say they are boosting the national cattle herd through buying breeding stock from various countries.

Cattle breeder Themba Dlodlo says they are buying cows and bulls from Namibia and South Africa at reasonable charges.

Dlodlo says it will take time for the country to revive its cattle herd decimated over the years by perennial droughts and slaughtering of breeding stock by white commercial farmers who lost their land to indigenous farmers during Zimbabwe’s land invasions that started in 2000.

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Zimbabwe: Results of exploratory food and nutrition security analysis

Trend data estimates the number of chronically and transitorily food insecure people at 1 million, roughly 9 percent of the rural population, and typically affecting the communal areas.

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Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook, October 2014 to March 2015

A later than usual lean season and continued Minimal food insecurity outcomes expected

KEY MESSAGES

  • The food security situation across the country is stable with most households accessing staple food from their own 2013/14 production. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes are projected from October 2014 through March 2015 as households continue accessing staple food from their own production and through market purchases.

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Maize Seed Price Hike Worries Zimbabwe Farmers

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Voice of America

Jonga Kandemiiri
22.10.2014 14:27

WASHINGTON DC—

The Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union (ZCFU) says producers' move to hike the price of seed maize will affect farmers who may end up looking for cheap alternatives resulting in low crop harvests in the 2014-2015 agricultural season.

ZCFU president Wonder Chabikwa told VOA Studio 7 the union is unaware of the reasons behind the hikes.

He said seed producers did not consult with the unions or other stakeholders.

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Pineapple farming makes life sweet for rural women

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The Zimbabwean

Nestled in the foothills of the scenic Chimanimani Mountains, bordering the national park and Mozambique, lies a field of pineapples managed by a group of dedicated women from Chikukwa village.

Group leader Roselyn Chipunza says that the group was forced to re-evaluate their rural roots and concentrate on community based agriculture due to the collapse of the economy due to massive inflation in 2007 and economic problems that resulted from that.

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Resettled farmers to lose land

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The Zimbabwean

Impoverished A1 farmers are in panic mode following reports that Zanu (PF)’s December congress is planning to sub-divide their land into plots and allocate them to party youths.

A1 farmers in Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East Provinces told The Zimbabwean they had been warned that congress would resolve to “sub-divide our small six hectare plots”.

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Zimbabwe Farmers Playing Key Role in Achieving Food Security

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Voice of America

WASHINGTON DC—Relief agencies say farmers in some parts of Zimbabwe, under various food security programs funded by the United States International Aid for Development (USAID), have made giant strides in transforming agricultural production in the country.

In a statement to mark World Food Day, World Vision Zimbabwe and several organizations running the $98 million USAID-backed Amalima and other programs launched last year, said farmers are playing a key role in ensuring that Zimbabwe would achieve food security.

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From wife-beaters to peace-preachers: tackling domestic abuse in Zimbabwe’s hinterland

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IRIN

MARONDERA, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised.

"We grew up thinking that women are our tools and we can do whatever we want with them,” the 34-year-old farmer in northeastern Zimbabwe’s Marondera region told IRIN.

“We have this tendency to resort to violence and emotional abuse when we think they have wronged us,” he said.

That was then.

IRIN:

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IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: http://humanitariancompendium.iom.int/. The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Southern Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Mountain of Hope - ensuring food security for communities in Mashonaland East

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The Zimbabwean

Becoming a member of the Mountain of Hope, a community garden project in Wedza, Mashonaland East is not only bringing financial benefits for Tracy Simango, 46.

For Simango, the greatest achievement is that the project had become the backbone of the provision of food security for her family and the community.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Zimbabwe 16-October-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2015 cereal crops is about to commence, with generally positive rainfall forecast
  • 2014 maize output recovered strongly from drought-reduced harvest of the previous year
  • Reflecting improved supply situation, maize prices fell sharply and, in August, were below their year-earlier levels
  • Food security improves significantly in 2014/15, with an estimated 76 percent decline in number of people requiring assistance