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WFP Zimbabwe Country Brief, July 2017



  • The 2017 ZimVAC Rural Livelihoods Assessment estimates that 1.1 million people will be food insecure by the first quarter of 2018. All indicators of nutrition and food security have improved in the midst of a 321 percent increase in food crop production compared to last year, although some districts will have high food insecurity projections estimated at 27 percent.

  • In July, WFP supported 89,585 people in 11 districts under the Productive Asset Creation Programme.

  • In Partnership with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, WFP supports water resource development in 11 schools in Zvishavane.

Operational Updates

  • The results of the 2017 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) rural livelihoods assessment indicate that 1.1 million people - 11 percent of the rural population will be food insecure by the peak of the lean season in the first quarter of 2018, representing a significant reduction from the 4.1 million rural people food insecure at the peak of the 2016/17 consumption year. Although some districts do have food insecurity projections as high as 27 percent.

  • Through a partnership with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) and Adventist Development and Relief Agency, WFP has established, rehabilitated and upgraded 11 boreholes and school nutrition gardens as part of a broader strategy to support the Government in the re-establishment of a Home Grown School Feeding programme. WFP together with MoPSE will launch the first implementation of the water resource development in Zvishavane in August.

  • Through Cash-based transfers, WFP reached 9,531 refugees in July, making a 3 percent increase from 9,258 refugees assisted in June, which in turn represented an increase from the month before. The increases are projected to continue, and likely accelerate, as planned relocations of Mozambican refugees residing at the buffer zone with Zimbabwe resume once additional resources are received.

  • WFP works with the Government and cooperating partners to implement the creation and rehabilitation of assets selected through a community-based process that aims to generate income, reduce reliance on food assistance, and improve resilience to environmental hazards over time. Under the 2017 Productive Assets Creation Cycle, WFP and partners prioritised the provision of clean water during the initial implementation stages to guarantee access to potable water during work at the project sites, thereby reducing the burden on women in transporting water. In July,
    WFP provided food assistance to 89,585 people under the programme in 11 districts.

  • Health and nutrition activities, including the prevention of stunting in Mutasa, assisted 12,545 people in July.

The activities supported by PEPFAR implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, provided health and nutrition support to children under five, people living with HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB), and pregnant and nursing mothers implemented in the greater Harare area, Bulawayo and Mutasa District.