WFP scales up its El Niño response to an additional 78,000 people in four districts, reaching 1.1 million people with Lean Season Assistance in January.
Initial findings of the ZimVAC Rapid Rural Assessment suggest that the lean season assistance may need to be extended for two months to prevent farmers from prematurely consuming immature crops.
Additional resources are urgently needed to support existing and additional new refugees at Tongogara refugee camp.
WFP scaled-up LSA to an additional 78,430 people in four additional districts (Seke, Marondera, Hwedza and Goromonzi) to reach 1.1 million people in January.
According to the preliminary findings of the ZimVAC Rapid Rural Assessment, lean season assistance may be required for an additional two months to cover the period until the new harvest, in order to prevent farmers from prematurely consuming the crops, which would reduce the harvest prospect.
WFP’s registration and beneficiary management platform’s (SCOPE) functionality was extended in January, through the transfer of 4,987 households on evoucher to the system in Zvishavane district. Scale-up to Mt Darwin district is planned from March 2016.
Resource mobilisation efforts are currently ongoing to resume the relocation of an estimated 1,900 refugees who are still camped at the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique after fleeing clashes in Mozambique.
Meanwhile, 8,696 refugees were assisted in January at Tongogara refugee camp.
WFP scaled-up the Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) treatment programme to an additional 16 districts in January, bringing the total districts to 22, while reaching an estimated 39,358 children aged between 24 to 59 months with specialized foods.
While school feeding activities are proceeding according to plans, heavy rains and resulting floods have prevented children from attending schools at some locations, and parents from providing the necessary cooking support. Despite these challenges, the Emergency School Feeding Programme assisted 82,286 children in January in Mbire, Zvishavane and Binga Districts.
The planned 646 ha under the smallholder farmer’s project have been planted. WFP, FAO and AGRITEX continue to monitor the impact of the reported outbreak of army worm in the provinces where the project is being implemented.