Articles tagged 'el nino'

Zanu PF officials sued for food aid politicisation 10 May 2017 HARARE - Three Zanu PF officials have been dragged to the High Court by Chegutu MDC members, who accuse the trio of denying them drought aid under government's “food for work” programme. The MDC members are demanding $20 000 in damages from the three. According to the court summons, the app...
WFP launches $250m hunger relief plan 4 April 2017 HARARE - The World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday launched a $253 million five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition in Zimbabwe. Its country director, Eddie Rowe, said this year WFP has projected to utilise $53 million under the plan. The new CSP comes...
Food aid graft worsens hunger 5 February 2017 HARARE - Rampant corruption in food aid is worsening the suffering of Zimbabweans hit by drought, a rights group has warned, with Zanu PF politicians allegedly sabotaging food distribution and giving it out where it was not needed to win support. Nearly five million Zimbabweans require food as...
US gives $4m more to fight famine 1 February 2017 HARARE - The United States will give an additional $4 million in aid for fighting famine in Zimbabwe, with the funding coming from President Donald Trump’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar). The new money — which comes on top of US assistance was announced on Monday — and would bring tot...
Aid agencies' pull-out threat a nightmare 28 October 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's regime continues to manipulate the magnanimous relief effort by western governments and aid agencies, forcing the humanitarian agencies to make painful choices — either to stop dealing with the rogue and unsavoury government or turning their back on needy civili...
Kicking hunger out of young tummies 23 October 2016 HARARE - As hunger may stalk up to about six million Zimbabweans by January 2017, various organisations have moved in to save multitudes of children from starvation — as both urban and rural populations have been affected. Government — through aid agencies — has begun implementing schools feed...
Drought's double blow to Zim 23 October 2016 HARARE - The dire water crisis across Zimbabwe, as a result of a prolonged El Niño-induced drought, has not only seen millions starve but is now posing a serious health hazard in the country, with the Health ministry warning of communicable disease — cholera and typhoid — eruptions. Last week,...
Special Fund enhances food security 17 October 2016 HARARE - Since the chaotic land reform programme of 2000 — Zimbabwe has witnessed a massive 58 percent decrease in agricultural production and only the timely intervention of support partners has mitigated the situation, an analysis by the Zimbabwe Value Chain reveals. On the backdrop of worse...
Zim: From drought to floods 25 September 2016 HARARE - As Zimbabwe moves from El Nino to La Nina, the number of food insecure Zimbabweans will rise to nearly six million by January 2017 from 4,1 million. El Nino, a climatic condition characterised by droughts which ravaged the country in the 2015/2016 agricultural season, is likely to be ...
Starvation stalks Africa 24 September 2016 HARARE - Africa will only be able to feed 13 percent of its two billion-plus population in 2050, if governments such as Zimbabwe do not take measures to address climate change, experts warned. Currently, at least a third of Zimbabwe’s 14 million population faces hunger due to the devastating e...
Japan rescues starving Zvishavane villagers 18 September 2016 HARARE - More than 10 000 starving Zvishavane villagers are set to benefit from a $2,9 million Japanese government grant. The grant is on the back of the Zimbabwe Vulnerability and Assessment Committee (ZimVac) identifying Zvishavane as one of Zimbabwe’s 20 most food insecure districts. Jap...
'Food aid politicisation affecting children' 14 September 2016 HARARE - Children are the hardest-hit by Zanu PF's continued politicisation of food aid and abuse of other government-sponsored programmes, the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has said. In a statement, ZPP, an organisation that monitors peace in communities, said children are now suffering becaus...
'US guards against food aid politicisation' 10 September 2016 HARARE - The United States (US) said it has “robust mechanisms” to ensure that its food aid to Zimbabwe is not subject to any form of political manipulation. This comes after an investigation by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) found that Zanu PF is the major perpetrator of food aid...
Netherlands envoy warns Zim against politicising food aid 31 August 2016 HARARE - Netherlands ambassador to Zimbabwe Gera Sneller has warned the Zimbabwe government against politicising food aid. Sneller, who was speaking at the unveiling of a €3,5 million Oxfam drought response project, said humanitarian needs must be prioritised before involving other issues. ...
'Zim has 6 months food stocks' 27 August 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has enough food stocks to tackle the worsening food crisis for the next six months, Social Welfare minister Prisca Mupfumira said. This comes as a senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Albert Chikondo, said the number of people in urgent need o...
Zim food crisis worsens 24 August 2016 HARARE - Food insecurity levels have worsened to 79 percent from 30 percent in most drought-stricken provinces of Zimbabwe, a senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Albert Chikondo, said. He said despite government efforts to assist the affected people, there was...
Zim warned over food shortages 18 August 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to experience a spat of basic commodities price increases and food shortages in the coming months due to drought and recent import restrictions, a research firm has warned. South Africa-based NKC African Economics (NKC), cautioned that government's Statutory Instrument...
Hunger ravages Save Valley 29 July 2016 CHIPINGE - Hunger has ravaged the Save Valley, forcing villagers to migrate to other districts and even across the border. The elderly have resorted to door-to-door begging. The arid region has experienced poor harvests over the past two years, with the El-Niño- induced drought aggravating ...
'6 000 children drop out of school in Mat North' 23 July 2016 HARARE - At least 6 000 children in Matabaleland North dropped out of school to work and help fend for their families due to the El Nino-induced drought that affected the 2015/16 agriculture season,  a report by non-governmental organisations revealed. According to the report, titled ‘Regional...
Drought ravages Chipinge 11 May 2016 CHIPINGE - Legislators from both Zanu PF and the MDC here agree there is need for government to urgently intervene and help avert the worsening food crisis that has seen many turning to wild fruits to survive. Chipinge, which falls in the Save Valley, is one of the most arid areas in Zimbabwe ...
Hunger stalks ordinary folk 1 May 2016 HARARE - Sitting under a tree and wearing a worn out Zanu PF cap, George Sibanda tries to ignore the rumblings of his stomach — his eyes are sunken and he says his whole family is hungry and dreadful of the future. Sibanda, a self-styled traditional healer, has 24 mouths to feed, including his...
Mugabe fiddles as drought shrivels crops 24 April 2016 UMZINGWANE - At least 70 percent of crops in Matabeleland South are wilting and reservoir water levels are at their lowest, agriculture experts have said. Yet President Robert Mugabe's government has not held a high-level meeting to discuss drought relief for farmers even as the Met Department...
Mat South children suffer malnutrion 23 April 2016 UMZINGWANE - Health authorities have warned that children here are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate treatment. Authorities warned of an unfolding humanitarian emergency in Matabeleland South Province. Children are struggling to recover from severe drought that ...
US extends $20m to boost drought response 21 April 2016 HARARE - The United States offered a larger than expected package of aid to Zimbabwe, saying it was providing $20 million to boost the El-Nino-induced drought response and help get the shattered economy back on its feet. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said this ...
Zanu PF, MDC in 'hunger wars' 10 April 2016 HARARE - MDC councillor Clifford Nhamburo is up in arms with Zanu PF MP for Goromonzi East Beatrice Nyamupinga over food distribution in the area, as villagers fight an El nino-induced drought that has left at least four million people in dire need of food aid in the country. Nhamburo, who is ...