WFP Zimbabwe Situation Report #19, 16 May 2017
As of April 1, WFP operates in country under the Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021).
WFP’s 2016/17 Lean Season Assistance cycle drew to an end in April after assisting 1.1 million people at its peak. Resilience-building is now a priority with the 2017 Productive Assets Creation cycle commencing in May, which urgently requires additional resources to ensure a timely start.
WFP and partners organized two Field Days to take stock of the small grains project’s progress. The harvest seems promising.
With the rainy season drawing to an end, the national Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has indicated delayed drying and harvesting of crops in most areas due to late planting, high water tables, and high humidity. Most of the harvest is now expected in May (FEWSNET).
The currently ongoing 2017 ZimVAC Rural Livelihoods Assessment will provide a picture of the food security levels in the country for the 2017/18 consumption year.
In anticipation of an above average national harvest this season, the government has terminated all maize imports, with immediate effect (FEWSNET).