WFP Zimbabwe Country Brief, September 2018


In Numbers

780.5 mt of food assistance distributed

US$383,813 cash-based transfers made

US$73.5 m six months (November 2018 to April 2019) net funding requirements, representing 77% of total

66,444 people assisted in September 2018

Operational Updates

• Following the declaration of a cholera outbreak and appeal for support from local and international partners to provide immediate life-saving assistance and support to control the outbreak by the Government of Zimbabwe, WFP has – working in partnership with other UN agencies and the Government – developed a response plan to provide nutritional support at the cholera treatment centres. WFP’s plan focuses on providing food to cholera patients and suspected cases who are admitted in the cholera treatment centres, as well as to the medical staff.

• Preparations for the first distributions in October under the Lean Season Assistance (LSA) programme progressed well, with contractual obligations finalised for the first districts to receive assistance. With a plan to assist 1,135,000 people in 30 districts, WFP will utilise a suite of modalities that includes in-kind assistance and cash-based transfers as part of efforts to provide lifesaving assistance and stimulate local markets.

• September distributions at Tongogara Refugee Camp were conducted successfully, assisting 12,323 people. A total of US$151,697 was distributed to 11,669 registered refugees, with 404 new arrivals receiving in-kind assistance consisting of cereals, pulses and veg oil.

• As part of efforts to support smallholder farmers in the country, with a target to procure 1,200 mt of locally produced sorghum through smallholder competitive tendering, to date WFP has procured 65 mt from smallholder farmers, whilst an identified contract will deliver 833 mt, bringing the total to 898 mt. Deliveries will continue to come through in October though targets may be affected by the recent spike in prices prompting smallholder farmers to demand more for their crop, as well as the increased retention of grains by farmers informed by early warning systems amid concerns that the coming season might be poor due the likelihood of of an El Nino event.

• Under the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative, following the completion of the weather index insurance training and registrations, SNV commenced other financial education trainings focusing on promotion of savings and farming as a business. Additionally, 10 demo plots and hosts were selected for the demonstration of benefits of using appropriate seed varieties and mechanized conservation agricultural in partnership with CIMMYT.

• With support from DSM (a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials), WFP in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) carried out inception meetings in Mashonaland Central, Manicaland and Masvingo with government, media and local NGOs aimed at raising awareness and understanding of fortified foods and nutrition and the benefits of fortification in curbing malnutrition.

• Under the support to Maternity Waiting Homes – wherein WFP in partnership with UNFPA and MoHCC is providing food assistance to women waiting to give birth – WFP in September assisted 2,201 women. The food assistance facilitates an opportunity for these women to access health services during, at and immediately after delivery in order to support safe delivery.

• Work on the creation and rehabilitation of assets under the Food Assistance for Assets programme is progressing well in all 11 districts. Works are scheduled to be completed by 15 November, with a total of 23 assets being completed by that timeline. In September, WFP provided food assistance to 51,920 people under the programme.