10 October 2017, Harare – the Office of the President and Cabinet, and the UN Resident Coordinator convened the first multi-stakeholders meeting of Zimbabwe Development Cooperation Forum bringing together some 150 senior officials from Government, United Nations, Ambassadors and Diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe, Non-Government and Civil Society Organizations today in the capital, Harare.
• Since 2011, Zimbabwe’s Gross Domesc Product growth rate has been declining from a high of 11.9% to 1.5% in 2015. It was esmated at 0.6% in 2016 but is now projected to rise to 3.7% in 2017 and to taper off slightly to 3.4% in 2018 mainly on the back of improved performance of the agricultural sector (Ministry of Finance, 2017; World Bank, 2017).
ZimVAC is a consortium of Government, UN agencies, NGO’s and other international organisations established in 2002, led and regulated by Government.
It is chaired by the Food and Nutrition Council, a department in the Office of the President and Cabinet whose mandate is to promote a multi-sectoral response to food insecurity and nutrition problems to ensure that every Zimbabwean is free from hunger and malnutrition.
The information generated is used for policy formulation and programming by Government and its Development Partners.
17 May 2017, Harare – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has today committed USD 1.6 million to assist over 32,600 flood-affected people with life-saving shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene and protection in 20 districts in Zimbabwe. This UN fund is in addition to USD 8.2 million allocated last year in response to the severe drought that affected over 4 million rural Zimbabweans.
The handover ceremony was held in the presence of media today at the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Makombe boardroom, in Harare.
29 March 2017, Harare - A high level meeting jointly convened today by the Government and the United Nations brought together some 150 senior officials from Government, UN, Development Partners and Civil Society Organizations to validate programme results achieved under the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF).
Main Objective of the assessment
The main purpose of the Inter-Agency rapid assessment was to ascertain the scale and scope of the flooding situation focusing on key areas/sectors namely shelter and non-food items, Health and nutrition, Food security, WASH, Environment, Education and Protection.
Specific Objectives of the Assessment
To determine the number of the affected people and establish their demographic characteristics
The 2016/2017 La Nina season is in contra distinction to the 2015/2016 season characterised by the El Nino phenomenon. In essence, this entails an astounding shift from a drought condition to an excessively wet situation. By mid February 2017, most areas in the country had received above normal rainfall and the ground was already saturated.
A. Weather Outlook: 27 to 28 February 2017
Places forecast to receive rainfall are parts of Masvingo, Matebeleland South, Midlands, and western parts of the country.
A. Meteorological Services Department
It is forecast to be wet, humid and warm across the country with some localised heavier downpours mainly concentrated along the watershed and over high ground.
Please note: Flooding remains a potential threat in all areas.
B. Zimbabwe Hydrological Update as at 27 February 2017
As a first step toward designing resilience programming for Zimbabwe a joint analysis was conducted to establish the multi-sectoral factors affecting resilience of at-risk communities, including characterizing and mapping of key hazards.
The mapping of hazards was undertaken as a way of forming a knowledge base for building resilience among rural communities. A thorough understanding of these shocks will assist in the design of appropriate context specific resilience-building strategies.
In response to the advent of the El Nino phenomena which has resulted in the country experiencing long dry spells, the ZimVAC undertook a rapid assessment focussing on updating the ZimVAC May 2015 results. The lean season monitoring focused on the relevant food and nutrition security parameters. The process followed a 3 pronged approach which were, a review of existing food and nutrition secondary data, qualitative district Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and for other variables a quantitative household survey which in most cases are representative at provincial and national level.
The assessment was undertaken as a follow up to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) 2015 Rural Livelihoods Assessment (RLA) conducted in June which identified about 16% of the rural population (approximately 1,5 million people) as food insecure during the lean period. One of the key recommendations from the RLA report is the need to promote the use of cash-based transfer modalities in order to promote the local economy where feasible when responding to the needs of the food insecure households.
1.1 In accordance with Subsection (1) of Section 27 of the Civil Protection Act of 1989, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe His Excellency Cde R.G. Mugabe, on 4 February 2016declared a State of Drought Disaster following the impact of El Nino induced erratic rainfall. The influence of climate change cannot be ruled out. The amount of rainfall received to date is inadequate to meet basic household consumption needs as well as support for livelihoods, agriculture and wildlife.
The Government of Zimbabwe and the European Union today signed five financial agreements amounting to EUR 89 million under 11th European Development Fund (EDF) 2014 - 2020 National Indicative Programme (NIP) of Euro 234 million.
Embargo: 28 September 2015, 10am
Purpose and scope
HARARE/MUTOKO – Family farming is vital in ensuring food security, says the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on the occasion of World Food Day. Joining the ministry in celebrating the occasion which falls annually on 16 October are two United Nations agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) conducted the annual Rural Livelihoods Assessment (RLA) number 13. The assessment is part of a comprehensive information system that informs Government and its Development Partners on programming necessary for saving lives and strengthening rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe. ZimVAC is the central pillar around which the Food and Nutrition Council (FNC) plans to build its strategy to fulfil Commitment number 6 of the Government of Zimbabwe’ s Food and Nutrition Security Policy (FNSP) and monitor the implementation of the ZimASSET.
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was carried out in 2014 by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) as part of the global MICS programme. Technical support was provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
He thanked the Namibian and Zambian governments for pledging three helicopters each, and the International Organisation for Migration for complementing Government efforts by providing 707 tarpaulins, 200 standard non-food kits, 20 rolls of plastic sheeting for temporary toilets, 20 000 aqua tablets, 400 blankets, 400 mosquito nets and three 5 000-litre collapsible water tanks. He said the IOM also provided a 75-seater bus to transport affected families to three relocation sites. Dr Chombo thanked Zinwa, DDF, Action Faim and Care International for sourcing potable water using bowsers.
The Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe is appealing for $US19,694,093.00 from the International community to meet urgent humanitarian needs for affected communities in the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam Basin. This is needed to evacuate and relocate at risk communities as well as the provision of food, shelter, safe water and other basic needs.