Zimbabwe Food Security Emergency appeal n° MDRZW006 Operation update n°2

Summary

The DREF funds received enabled the national society to continue with start up activities which included beneficiary selection, identification of boreholes to be rehabilitated, commodity supplier identification and volunteer mobilization.

Further consultation with district authorities highlighted the need to review the beneficiary package to constitute 30kg of maize meal, 2 litres of oil and 2kg of sugar beans. Further it has been agreed not to distribute maize seeds immediately as a result of the delay in mobilising resources, but to purchase seeds in the lead up to planting season for horticulture production which begins in March 2013.

The joint IFRC/ZRCS committee of contracts convened and completed the tendering process for the food items and borehole rehabilitation. The food distribution and borehole rehabilitation will be implemented during the first half of the month of February 2013.

The funding to date has been received from the Swedish Red Cross. The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks for the contribution. This funding will be used for procurement and distribution of relief food for at least two months, purchase of vegetable seeds and tools, additional borehole rehabilitation and latrine construction.