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WFP Zimbabwe Country Brief, March 2017



  • WFP launches its five-year Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021), strengthening its resilience and social protection work in the country.

  • WFP extends Leas Season Assistance (LSA) by a month to April 2017 in 13 Districts, in order to discourage early yield and consumption of immature crops.

  • WFP urgently requires USD 2.5 million in additional resources to continue providing assistance to the increasing refugee inflows at Tongogara Camp.

Operational Updates

  • Guided by the findings of the Rapid Rural Assessment, in close consultation with partners and donors, WFP extended LSA by an additional month (to April) in 13 selected districts, in order to discourage early yield and consumption of immature crops. WFP will extend its assistance to 581,635 people, 200,480 of these receiving their assistance through cash-based transfers (CBT).

  • In March, the Lean Season Assistance (LSA) programme assisted 1,099,121 people in 28 districts, with 300,184 people receiving their assistance through CBT.

  • WFP assisted 8,903 refugees in March. WFP requires an additional USD 2.5 million to meet the needs of this increased Tongogara Camp population through December 2017. Given that there are refugees still located at the border with Mozambique, WFP will support the UNHCR-led to relocate the Mozambican refugees to Tongogara Camp.

  • WFP continued to strengthen its Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) treatment programme being implemented in 22 districts. WFP assisted 21,639 children aged 6 to 59 months with Super Cereal plus in March. In addition, 5,160 children were assisted through the prevention of stunting project in Mutasa District.

  • The Emergency School Feeding (ESP) programme assisted 81,648 children in Mbire, Zvishavane and Binga districts. School feeding activities improved with the cessation of rains in most of the districts. This led to increased attendance in school and subsequently to the provision of Super Cereal for morning meals at schools.

  • Crops grown under the support to smallholder farmers are now at grain filling and hardening stages. Field days aimed at raising awareness on the benefits of small grains and effective growing methods will start in early April.

  • Humanitarian partners under the food sector assisted 2.04 million people with food assistance in February, an increase from 1.9 million in January. The increases are critical in meeting the high needs at this time of the year, where 4.1 million people are estimated to be food insecure since January through March 2017.

  • In preparation for the 2016 PAC Cycle, WFP has begun the processes of identifying partners and finalising plans for the launch in May.