Govt, WHO launch hunger risk profiles

HARARE - World Food Programme (WFP), government and the Food and Nutrition Council yesterday launched district hunger risk profiles, as about one million people face starvation.

District profiling is evidence-based information that helps government and development partners to understand food insecurity and livelihood challenges at the lowest level.

WFP country director Eddie Rowe said through various policies and practices that the country had adopted, it could end hunger regardless of the many causes and challenges.

“Ending hunger means ensuring access to nutritious food for the most vulnerable, tackling the multi-dimensional causes of malnutrition including health and sanitation and increasing agricultural production through sustainable and resilient food systems.

“Ending hunger is also a prerequisite to ending poverty and the achievement of national food security is a necessary pre-condition for the attainment of household food security,” Rowe said.

Deputy chief secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Justin Mupamhanga, said extreme weather conditions such as droughts have distressed the livelihoods of the rural population.

He said chronic food and livelihood vulnerability has increased and become interconnected making it difficult to discern.

Mupamhanga said the profiles focus on, among other thematic areas, infrastructure, water and sanitation, communication, livelihoods, poverty, climate, crops, livestock, markets, hazards and shocks, development indicators and priorities and food and nutrition security conditions.

“It is envisaged that the district profiles will lead to programmes that link disadvantaged rural livelihoods to sustainable development pathways building resilience of vulnerable households and communities,” Mupamhanga said.

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