Zimbabwe: Food Insecurity Emergency appeal n° MDRZW006


This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,290,342 in cash, kind, or services to support the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) to assist 10,000 beneficiaries for 9 months, and will be completed by September 2013. A Final Report will be made available by December 2013 (three months after the end of the operation).

CHF 120,000 has been allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

This Emergency Appeal seeks to support the National Society to assist vulnerable people in Zimbabwe who are food insecure as a result of a drought that affected the country in the 2011/2012 main agricultural season. The situation requires timely support of food aid and rehabilitation of water points to reduce the adverse effects of reduced nutritional intake, reinforce coping mechanisms, and increase coverage and access to clean and safe water in the form of sanitation and hygiene promotion activities. The planned intervention also includes agricultural inputs for small-scale gardening, combined with the provision of agricultural tools and training.

Summary: The declared acute food insecurity crisis in Zimbabwe is now reaching its peak period with an anticipated 1.6 million people in need of food assistance. Despite interventions from the authorities and the international community, gaps still remain and many families in need have still not been assisted.

A joint assessment organized by the Government of Zimbabwe and humanitarian organizations led to the Zimbabwe Rural Livelihood Assessment May 2012 report that stated an anticipated 1.6 million people in the rural areas of Zimbabwe would be in need of food assistance in the period leading up to the April 2013 harvest. Following this report the Government of Zimbabwe declared the country food insecure, and several food security initiatives were launched by Government of Zimbabwe, the Red Cross, the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations, including a large scale government micro financing initiative and significant food distribution by WFP.

Despite the coordinated efforts of the humanitarian community, many families have still not been reached. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has identified vulnerable communities in the district of Nkayi, in the Matebeleland North Province in urgent need of relief food and recovery assistance.

This appeal will support the targeted beneficiaries with immediate food assistance, support for improved food production mechanisms (including inputs such as seeds, fertilizer, tools combined with training inputs), improved access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities and initiatives to strengthen the community resilience to better respond to future food crises.