twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

Zimbabwe seeks US$60mn to strengthen food security

The World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking US$60mn to strengthen food security across Zimbabwe in preparation for the traditional harvest in three months time

Africa DFAT photo libraryAround two million people in Zimbabwe are in need of food assistance. (Image source: DFAT photo library)

The WFP stated that food scarcity was evident in remote areas, especially in four provinces; Matabeleland North and South, Masvingo and Midlands, due to those regions receiving less rain than other provinces.

“The critical period is now. We are in January and February and early March,” said Sydney Mhishi, a senior official in the ministry of social welfare.

“The amount I have been given for this whole year can only purchase a quarter for the requirement of January, not to talk about February not to talk about March. I am assuming there will be good rains coming after May up to December next year,” Mhishi added.

The UN is currently short of funding and will be cutting rations for one million people in Zimbabwe where around two million people need food aid. 

Food prices have also doubled since last year, which is causing food shortages in the country, according to the WFP.

The UN food agency said that Zimbabwe needs US$80mn in the next six months if it is to tackle the food security issue.


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

USAID and NASA renew partnership to address development and humanitarian challenges

USAID and NASA renew partnership to addr…

On 4 November, Administrator Samantha Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to renew...

Norway promises top-up contribution of urgently needed climate finance

Norway promises top-up contribution of u…

On 9 November 2022, Norway, as part of a commitment to triple its support to climate adaptation by 2026, has pledged an additional US$9.5mn contribution of urgently needed climate finance...

CotonChad and IDH sign partnership with Better Cotton

CotonChad and IDH sign partnership with …

Better Cotton recently signed a multi-stakeholder Letter of Intent to participate in the landscape approach, developed with local stakeholders in Chad in conjunction with IDH, intending to work towards improving...

NFU president Minette Batters appointed as ambassador of Farm Africa

NFU president Minette Batters appointed …

Farm Africa, a charity that promotes sustainable agricultural practices, strengthens markets and protects the environment in rural eastern Africa, has announced the appointment of NFU president Minette Batters as an...

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement agro-processing project in Senegal

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement…

The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Abidjan has approved a loan of US$63.38mn to Senegal to implement the Agropole-Centre agro-industrial processing zone project

Farming innovations which help conserve nature and create jobs

Farming innovations which help conserve …

On World Food Day, farmers in the UK and globally showed how innovative farming methods and techniques can improve lives, help meet global climate targets and produce food without harming...

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

Corn export could lead to shortage in South Africa

Corn export could lead to shortage in So…

A government-backed plan to export a record corn surplus may leave South African silos drained of the country’s staple food by the end of April

Oxfam calls for more protection for Malawian farmers

Oxfam calls for more protection for Mala…

Comprehensive agriculture policies are required in Malawi to bar illegal traders from exploiting farmers by offering them cheap prices, according to Oxfam

IoT set to overtake cloud computing as primary industry 4.0 tech in agriculture: Inmarsat research

IoT set to overtake cloud computing as p…

A new research by Inmarsat, a global mobile satellite communications company, revealed that investment in the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake cloud computing, next generation security, big...

Nigeria on the verge of doing away with rice importation: Lai Mohammed

Nigeria on the verge of doing away with …

The fact that Nigeria has been able to cut down on rice importation from 644,000 MT to about 22,000 MT within two years proves the agricultural revolution is working, Alhaji...

WFP supports children with school meals in Burundi

WFP supports children with school meals …

A contribution of fish that are high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, mackerel are being supplied by government of Japan (WFP) to 270,000 pupils in the most food-insecure regions, supported by...

Scottish farmers visited floating farm

Scottish farmers visited floating farm

Fifteen Scottish Enterprise Rural Leaders and five Rural Youth Project delegates were the first to experience Rotterdam’s floating dairy in action on a recent urban/rural learning journey to the Netherlands

Olmix plant care launches commercial activity in Egypt

Olmix plant care launches commercial act…

To expand its plant care ranges internationally, Olmix Group has signed an agreement with MacFertilizers (Al-Sabanel AGro Egypt) to provide the Egyptian market with sustainable and innovative solutions that have...

Sierra Leone improves food production and cuts imports

Sierra Leone improves food production an…

Sierra Leone has improved its production of rice, cassava and other products according to the country's minister of agriculture, forestry and food security

‘Agriculture is a major driver in Kenya’s economic growth’

‘Agriculture is a major driver in Kenya’…

Dr Eliud Kireger, director general of Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), has discussed Kenya’s agricultural opportunities ahead of Farm-Tech Expo Kenya, taking place from 12-13 September 2018 in...

Rice gene ‘could triple rice yields during drought’

Rice gene ‘could triple rice yields duri…

A gene that gives rice plants deeper roots could triple yields during droughts, according to a new study by Japanese scientists

US$12mn grant for maize production in sub-Saharan Africa

US$12mn grant for maize production in su…

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has received a US$12mn grant to boost maize production in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Tanzania in the next four years

Women seen as the backbone for the development of Zambia's farming sector

Women seen as the backbone for the devel…

Interview with Grace Musonda, Zambian teacher and farmer and regular visitor at Agritech Expo

Prev Next