The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira on Tuesday, August 06, revealed that the province was in serious need of food aid since the erratic rains received in the 2018/2019 farming season did not support good crop yields.
Addressing journalists after the tour of the World Food Program (WFP) Rural Resilience Initiative in Chebvute, Ward 17, Chadzamira thanked civil society for initiating sustainability projects to deal with the crisis.
“We want to thank WFP and the government for bringing self-sustainability projects to the people and this will surely help us because here in Masvingo, we have districts like Mwenezi, Zaka and Chiredzi that are the most vulnerable. We can say almost all our districts need help in terms of food aid,” said Chadzamira.
WFP executive director David Beasley said his organisation was committed to helping Zimbabwe overcome its food shortages.
“The purpose is to help the people of Zimbabwe to be food secure and our aim is to improve nutrition and come up with food programmes across the country because we believe Zimbabwe can feed the world,” said Beasley, who is former governor of the US state of South Carolina.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Dr Sekai Nzenza who was part of the delegation that toured the projects being undertaken in Chebvute, confirmed that the country was in serious need of food aid.
“We will continue engaging WFP to help the country eradicate hunger. We are all-weather friends as was proven after Cyclone Idai. The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) recently conducted a survey which revealed that 5.7 million people need food support so we appeal for more help in terms of food aid,” said Nzenza.
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols recently announced that his country had committed US$45 million to WFP Zimbabwe to help the organisation respond to the dire food security situation in the country.