Zimbabwe: Food Security Emergency Appeal MDRZW008 Operation Update no. 1

Period covered by this Ops Update: This update represents a summary of 11 – 24 December 2013 activities.

Appeal target (current): CHF 805,279

Appeal coverage: 36% (based on soft pledges described below);

Appeal history:

• This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on the 11 December 2013 for CHF 805,279 for seven months to assist 10,500 beneficiaries.

• Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 80,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond.

Summary: Since the launch of the operation, ZRCS has conducted a field visit to undertake detailed assessments and engaged key stakeholders including the Provincial Administrator, District Administrator, Social Services Department, Rural District Council (RDC), and members of the Drought Relief Committee to help ensure that they are fully informed so that the operation runs efficiently and effectively. The District Administrator’s office has allocated three wards which will be targeted by the operation. The selection was based on the severity of the food insecurity and the fact that no other partners are operating in the chosen wards. The inception meeting is scheduled to take place on the 27 December in Gwanda district. Community sensitization and beneficiary selection process will follow the inception meeting, where 700 households per ward will be selected for targeting.

IFRC, on behalf of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society acknowledges contributions to this appeal from the Canadian Government, Danish Red Cross, the Swedish Red Cross and the Swiss Red Cross.