Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Zimbabwe

January 15, 2016

Food Security Situation                             

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  • Between November 2015 and March 2016, poor seasonal rain forecast and El Niño conditions are expected to adversely impact household food security. Much of southern Zimbabwe is experiencing Stressed (IPC 2 or 2!) conditions, instead of worse conditions (IPC 3), because of ongoing lean season food assistance. However, some districts are currently in Crisis (IPC 3) because of lower than normal levels of program targeting.

  • Most northern provinces are experiencing Minimum (IPC 1) outcomes with the exception of areas that are Stressed or in Crisis due to depleted household food stocks or limited livelihood options. 
  • According to the Government of Zimbabwe’s Assessment Committee report approximately 1.5 million are expected to be food insecure during the lean season.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is providing both lean season food assistance as well as working with WFP on Food for Assets interventions aimed at empowering rural communities to increase their resilience to shocks by creating productive assets that will gradually offset the need for seasonal food assistance.

  • FFP’s two five-year development programs with partners World Vision and CNFA are operating in four provinces of Southern Zimbabwe. These programs seek to improve the nutritional status of children under five, expand and diversify agricultural production, increase household income, and help communities prepare for disasters through disaster risk reduction activities. In response to the anticipated drought from El Niño, FFP has contributed over $4 million to these development partners to expand food rations and to support the creation of dams and irrigation schemes through Food for Assets activities.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $10.6 million 9,570 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $43.4 million 19,400 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $34.8 million 12,813 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $48.1 million 28,036 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $42.0 million 25,165 MT

Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $5.6 million 6,270 MT
Title II Emergency $5 million* 3,300 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) --- ---

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET as of January 2016.
*Includes $1 million of Section 202(e) resources for cash transfers and regional purchase of specialized nutrition products.

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Last updated: January 15, 2016

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