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20 Feb 2018 description

The Zimbabwe Peace Project condemns intra-party violence recorded in Buhera at the funeral of their late leader Morgan Tsvangirai. It is reported that Deputy President Thokozani Khupe and Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora had to be given police protection after pro-Nelson Chamisa supporters attempted to harm the two. In a telephone conversation Mwonzora confirmed the incident and said it was an attempt to mar the burial of their late leader.

20 Feb 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Regional maize supplies remain high and sufficient to satisfy needs for the remainder of the 2017/18 marketing year (Figure 1 and Annex 1). Estimated maize surpluses are significantly above average in South Africa (Figure 2). In Zimbabwe, a chronically grain deficit country, the 2017/18 marketing year deficit is substantially lower than average.

12 Feb 2018 description

Objective:
To support drought-affected smallholder farmers with access to subsidised stockfeed and seeds and related training.

Key partners:
Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development’s extension services, AGRITEX and NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:
4 343 drought-affected smallholder farmers.

Activities implemented:
- Identified and sensitized project beneficiaries.

09 Feb 2018 description

09 February 2018, Harare – The UK Department of International Development (DFID) announced today a £21.5 million grant to the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF), which seeks to contribute to increased capacities of vulnerable rural communities to withstand shocks and stresses, ultimately leading to a reduced need for humanitarian responses and an improvement in their well-being.

08 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • Erratic rainfall, high temperatures and persistent Fall Armyworm infestation lower cereal crop production prospects for 2018 in southern Africa.

  • In the absence of consistent rains for the remainder of the season, dry conditions experienced in December to January will further diminish water supplies for domestic, agricultural and commercial use.

  • These conditions are likely to have far reaching consequences on access to adequate food and nutrition and ability of farmers to produce in the 2018/19 consumption year.

02 Feb 2018 description

Harriett Baldwin announced £5 million of new UK aid funding to strengthen Zimbabwean civil society ahead of the 2018 elections.

Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin visited Zimbabwe on Thursday 1 February and Friday 2 February, on her first overseas visit in her new role as joint Minister for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.

01 Feb 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Feb 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

30 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners screened 240,674 children for acute malnutrition and provided lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to 10,020 children aged 0-59 months in 2017.

30 Jan 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Sally Nyakanyanga

PLUMTREE, Zimbabwe, Jan 29 2018 (IPS) - In Zimbabwe, the bulk of rural communities and urban poor still get their energy supplies from the forests, leading to deforestation and land degradation.

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) 2016 review on forest policies in the country found that fuel wood accounted for over 60 percent of the total energy supply, whilst 96 percent of rural communities rely on wood for cooking and heating.

27 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Dewa Mavhinga
Southern Africa Director

Mere months after Zimbabwe’s military coup, the country’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, announced he will attend the 30th African Union (AU) summit – this despite the AU hhairman’s statement last November that the AU would never accept a military coup in Zimbabwe.

26 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

In November 2017, President Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military coup and was replaced by his former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has his own long record of rights violations. During the military takeover between November 14 and 24, the army arrested and detained a number of Mugabe’s associates without providing information about the arrest, or places and conditions of detention.

25 Jan 2018 description

As dry conditions prevail, severe crop stress continues across the bulk of the country

Key Messages

23 Jan 2018 description

In a move aimed at complementing and supplementing the Ministry of Health and Child Care's efforts to step up essential emergency preparedness and response, WHO Zimbabwe handed over cholera and emergency reproductive health kits. The cholera and reproductive health kits are meant to support preparedness and response measures that the ministry is currently putting in place to restock districts and provinces at risk of possible outbreaks of diseases or need.