Drought Response in the Midlands, Northern and Southern Matabeleland Provinces in Zimbabwe – ZIM161

In Zimbabwe, food security has extremely been compromised by erratic rains in the 2015/16 season. According to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) 2015, there is a nationwide cereal deficit of over 650,000 MT while an additional 350,000 MT will be required to feed livestock. This has put 1.5 million people at risk of starvation. The figure is currently being revised upwards following the current ZIMVAC lean season assessment, which has tentatively projected the “at-risk” population to 3 million. Highest levels of food insecurity are in the Midlands, Masvingo, Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North provinces.  As the 2015/16 lean season assistance programme comes to an end at the end of March 2016, an additional 1million people who had been receiving assistance through the from WFP and other development partners will immediately become vulnerable, thus ballooning the food insecure population to 4 million people.

The ACT Zimbabwe forum through DanChurchAid (DCA), Christian Aid (CA) and other local implementing partners will contribute to immediate assistance of 62,380 beneficiaries through cash transfer programme to enable households buy food, emergency preparedness and planning through Community based DRR to better prepare for drought and promote resilience and food security by providing drought tolerant seeds to the affected provinces in Zimbabwe.

Zimbwabwe Drought Appeals 2016