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WFP Zimbabwe Country Brief, February 2017



  • The Government declared a State of National Disaster following the floods in southern parts of the country. WFP is providing complimentary assistance to affected people in Tsholotsho.

  • WFP plans to support the UNHCR-led effort to relocate refugees from Chipinge and Nyanga.

  • WFP Zimbabwe’s new Country Strategic Plan (2017 - 2021) was approved by the Executive Board on 22 February, 2017.

Operational Updates

  • The Government of Zimbabwe declared a State of National Disaster following floods in southern parts of the country, which killed 246 people and displaced 1,985 people. While the needs are being assessed, WFP assisted 860 people displaced in Tsholotsho with complementary food commodities (vegetable oil, super cereal, and pulses).

  • Following flooding in the southern parts of the country in December and January, and forecasts of more rains, with the majority of waterbodies at full capacity, WFP provided support to the local Civil Protection Authorities to undertake rapid needs assessments and to review the existing preparedness system.

  • In February, under the Lean Season Assistance (LSA), WFP assisted 1,080,738 people in 28 districts, with 21 percent receiving their assistance through Cash-Based Transfers (CBT). Heavy rains received in the country have destroyed roads and bridges, resulting in 15,000 beneficiaries in Chiredzi District failing to receive their February rations on time, as some distribution sites remain inaccessible.

  • The population of Tongogara Camp increased in February, with WFP assisting 8,903 refugees, an increase from 8,696 in January. With some refugees still located at the border with Mozambique, WFP will support the UNHCR-led effort to relocate Mozambican refugees located in Chipinge and Nyanga.

  • Under the Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) Treatment programme, which is implemented in 22 districts, WFP assisted 50,568 children aged 24 to 59 months with Super Cereal plus. In addition, 5,146 children were assisted through the prevention of stunting project.

  • Humanitarian partners under the food sector assisted 1.9 million people with food assistance in January, an increase from 1.84 million in December. This timely scale-up is vital at a time when needs are at their highest - 4.1 million people are estimated to be food insecure since January through March 2017.

  • The Emergency School Feeding (ESP) programme assisted 80,395 children in Mbire, Zvishavane and Binga districts. School feeding activities, though proceeding according to plans, are being affected by heavy rains preventing children from attending schools at some locations.

  • To support the Government on Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) to end hunger, WFP works with other UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to ensure a multi-sectorial and sustainable approach. In line with the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe UN Development Assistance Framework, WFP is working with FAO to build the resilience of farmers in Mudzi and Rushinga. WFP is strengthening its partnership with UNFPA by providing food support to patients accessing free fistula repair services at the obstetric fistula treatment camps being supported by UNFPA. With UNICEF and the World Bank, WFP supports government efforts to strengthen systems for social protection.