Zimbabwe: Food Security Emergency appeal n° MDRZW008


This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 805,381 in cash, kind, or services to support the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society to assist 10,500 beneficiaries (2,100 households) in Gwanda district of Matebeleland South Province, which is ranked as one of the provinces worst affected provinces by the current food insecurity. The Appeal will be implemented over 7 months. A Final Report will be made available by 9 October 2014 (three months after the end of the operation).

CHF 80,000 was 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 ZRCS to assist vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe who are food insecure as a result of a drought that has affected the country during the 2012/2013 agricultural season. The ZRCS will focus on Gwanda district as it has been severely affected by the drought and is not receiving support from other organisations. The operation seeks to provide basic food assistance, agriculture and livelihood support, clean water and hygiene promotion, as to ameliorate the adverse effects of reduced nutritional intake and increase coverage of population with access to clean water.

ZRCS seeks to provide the beneficiaries in Gwanda with food assistance (through the provision of food vouchers) for 10,500 beneficiaries; this represents 30% of the identified food insecure beneficiaries in the district. Livelihoods and borehole rehabilitation will also be implemented in Gwanda district. The appeal aims to provide for immediate life-saving needs in terms of food and safe water, while focusing on longer-term activities aimed at strengthening the beneficiaries means of livelihoods, such as support for rural farming/gardening to assist household consumption and income generation, thereby making the targeted communities more resilient. The IFRC will also support the National Society to carry out Disaster Risk Reduction activities with the affected communities.

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