WFP Zimbabwe Situation Report #21, 21 July 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 21 Jul 2017

In Numbers

  • 12,323 people assisted under Health and Nutrition in June.

  • 9,258 refugees assisted in June.

Highlights

  • WFP supports the Government of Zimbabwe to develop a Home Grown School Feeding strategy for the country.

  • Productive Assets Creation programme scaled up from 7 districts in 2016, to 11 in 2017.

  • Seasonal Livelihood Programming extended to Matobo District, bringing the total number of Districts covered to 13.

  • WFP is supporting a Cost of Hunger study in Zimbabwe, with a view to ascertain the social and economic costs of undernutrition in the country.

Situation Update

  • The November/December 2016 Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition’s Assessment (SETSAN), estimated that 2.1 million people will be in need of food assistance until the next harvest expected from April to June 2017.

  • In May/June, the food security situation had improved due to above-average food availability from the 2016/17 agricultural season, most areas are experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes. The majority of vulnerable households are now able to meet their basic food needs from their own production and markets, particularly due to falling prices.

  • According to latest SETSAN assessments, some households e.g in Sofala province are projected to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes, and they will likely only be able to meet their basic food needs through severe coping strategies, including skipping meals, reducing the quantity of meals or resorting to less preferred foods, including excessive consumption of wild foods and migration to areas with better labour opportunities or higher availability of wild foods.

  • WFP will continue to monitor the evolving food and nutrition security situation in the coming months, including the possibility of the re-occurrence of El Niño next season, impact of the Fall Army worm as well as the recent mice infestation and will adapt its response mechanisms on the basis of government requests and/or emerging data.