Articles tagged 'food security'

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...
Tsikamutandas impoverish rural communities 14 April 2017 MUTARE - Exorcists or tsikamutandas (witch-hunters) have been sledged as con-artists impoverishing poor communities through their hefty fines. Masvingo provincial administrator Fungai Mbetsa told a multi-sectoral community-based food and nutrition security meeting here this week that his offic...
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...
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...
Only free market economy can revive agric 2 December 2016 HARARE - Unconfirmed reports in the past few weeks that Zanu PF bigwigs and some command agriculture beneficiaries are abusing inputs availed to them endorses our suspicions that the Soviet-style initiative to shore up maize production does not work. Under the special programme, the government...
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...
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...
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...
'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...
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 ...
Farmers deliver 35 000mt of maize 13 June 2016 HARARE - The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has collected 35 000 metric tonnes (mt) of maize from local farmers as the country battles to plug a 2,5 million tonne cereal deficit, a Cabinet minister has said. Agriculture minister Joseph Made last week told the National Assembly that local farmers ...
Hunger stalks Zimbabweans 15 March 2015 HARARE - A combination of perennial poor planning and adverse weather conditions threatens to unleash one of the severest food crises Zimbabwe has witnessed in the past few years, amid indications that up to 30 percent of the national food crop planted this season is a complete write off. Zimb...
Zim to import food: Mnangagwa 13 March 2015 HARARE - The leader of government business told lawmakers that government had made efforts to seed the clouds to enhance rains but this failed. He was responding to Zanu PF MP David Chapifika who wanted to know if it was not advisable for government to make use of the $400 000 set aside for cl...
900 tonnes of grain imported 14 January 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe continues to receive more grain from South Africa, but the figure still falls short of the required 150 000 tonnes required to stave off hunger. Davis Marapira, deputy Agriculture minister responsible for cropping, told the Daily News yesterday that maize was coming into the ...
Listen to farmer groups 9 January 2014 HARARE - As the rains continue to pound on the land and peri-urban farmers working like bees in their small plots, news that the country needs to import grain to avert starvation seems a bit misplaced. Food security has become more topical not only in Zimbabwe, but in most developing countries...