United Nations to extend and expand Zimbabwe food support program in 2020

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United Nations to extend and expand Zimbabwe food support program in 2020

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that it will be extending and expanding support for Zimbabwe in 2020.

Last week, WFP in Zimbabwe completed its last cash distribution of 2019. The distribution provided support for about 19,000 vulnerable residents in Harare’s sub-urban district of Epworth.

Those who have been facing severe food shoetage, have been receiving monthly cash transfers from WFP since June. This is part of an urban pilot project funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the EU’s branch of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

Prior to this year, WFP only provided Aid for those living in rural areas and villages.

The Zimbabwe WFP plans to expand its urban assistance programme across eight districts in the country in 2020. It will continue to provide monthly cash to those who suffer severe hunger the most.

Zimbabwe experienced severe drought this year, alongside economic downturn and Cyclone Idai, leaving around 8 million people into severe hunger. Of this total, 2.2 million people live in urban areas.

WFP’s revised emergency response plan hopes to cash to 200,000 of them. Currently, funding for 100,000 has been secured. WFP is seeking funds to assist an additional 100,000 people.

Culled from reliefweb.int

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