Zimbabwe: Food Security Emergency Appeal MDRZW008 Operation Update n° 3

Summary: The rains have been good in most parts of Zimbabwe during the early months of 2014. This has created hope for a good harvest starting in April/May and on the other hand the rain has also caused floods and damage to people’s homes and livelihoods.

Over the reporting period two cash distributions have been carried out in the four target wards in Gwanda district, Matshetseni (Nkazhe), Datata, Mzimuni and Stanmore (Shakhe). The first cash grant distribution took place on the 31 January and 1 February benefitting 2,032 households. The second cash grant distribution took place on the 6 and 7 March targeting 2,106 households A total of 21 boreholes have been identified to be included in the operation. Needed rehabilitation and maintenance works have been agreed upon and tender and procurement procedures are in process with the expectation of initiating rehabilitation works by end-March/early-April.

51 local branch volunteers from the four target wards have participated in a-three-day Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) workshop. The workshop was a Trainer of a continuous basis. Five areas for establishment of community gardens have been identified with the involvement of local headmen. ZRCS is communicating with AGRITEX on obtaining information on the most appropriate seeds for the northern part of the Gwanda district.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), on behalf of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society acknowledges with appreciation contributions to this appeal from the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Government/Canadian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross Society, Red Cross of Monaco, Netherlands Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross and Swiss Red Cross Societies.