Zimbabwe: Food Insecurity Emergency appeal MDRZW011 operations update No. 6

Appeal History:

• On 16 September 2015, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS), with support from the IFRC, launched an Emergency Appeal to support 2,166 households (10,830 beneficiaries) with immediate humanitarian assistance to address the effects of drought in two districts—Mudzi and Muzarabani. The support was provided through a mobile cash transfer and targeted to help households meet their immediate food needs. The support also included safe water provision through borehole rehabilitation and promotion of safe hygiene practices as well as livelihoods strengthening through agricultural inputs provision and training of lead farmers.

• At the launch of the Appeal, the ZRCS received funds through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) amounting to 83,000 Swiss francs to support the National Society start-up operations and meet the immediate needs of affected people.

• The Government of Zimbabwe on the 2 nd of February 2016 declared a state of National Disaster and a Domestic and International Appeal for Assistance was launched to seek USD $1.5 billion to support Government response operations.

• Operations Update 1 was issued on 29 September 2015

• Operations Update 2 was issued on 15 October 2015

• Operations Update 3 was issued on 24 March 2016 requesting for a 4-month extension of the Emergency Appeal to allow completion of the remaining activities and also revise the Appeal, scaling up, to contribute to addressing the deteriorating food situation in the country

• The Revised Emergency Appeal was issued on 27 April 2016, for 5,181,321 Swiss francs targeting 38,330 beneficiaries (7,666HH) in 8 districts of Zimbabwe until December 2016.

• The Operation’s 6 Month Update was issued on 9 May 2016.

• The Operation’s 12 Month Update was issued on 4 October 2016.

This Operations Update request 2-month operation extension – until 31 May 2017. The EA extension seeks to implement livelihoods support activities through seeds provision to ensure good crop performance for the second harvest in July 2017, WASH and cash transfer activities as well as undertake a final evaluation. IFRC, on behalf of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, would like to thank all its partners and appeal to all distinguished donors to support the ongoing EA to enable ZRCS to provide much needed assistance to the most vulnerable, drought-affected communities.