Russia Avails US$1.5 Million For Zim’s Food Assistance

Russian Ambassador (centre) Mr Eddie Rowe (Right) and Mr Erasmus Gapara (left)

THE Russian Federation has donated an amount to the tune of US$1.5 million for the purchase of over a thousand metric tons (MT) of food to support the affected communities in Hwange, Nkayi and Zvishavane Districts in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The food items will be distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) in the mentioned three districts amidst indications that some 5.5 million rural people, or 59 percent of the rural population, is at risk and requires emergency food assistance from January to April, the peak of the lean…

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Nutrition Boost For Rushinga Pregnant & Lactating Women

HUNDREDS of women are set to benefit from a food distribution program targeting pregnant and lactating women in Rushinga through a partnership between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Program (WFP). By Michael Gwarisa recently in Rushinga The food relief consignment is also part of the WFP lean season assistance in 21 wards of Rushinga district where a total of 5187 beneficiaries in Rushinga which constitutes to 10999 households are set to benefit. At Rutuka, Ward 9 in Rushinga at least six women received the food…

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Citizen Journalism As A Tool For Advancing Nutrition Awareness At Grassroots

ZIMBABWE is currently making positive strides towards addressing the malnutrition burden at the back of rigorous and extensive nutrition interventions by government, civil society and funding partners. Healthy eating and nutrition has also been identified as a platform through which countries can attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By Michael Gwarisa recently in Headlands, Mazowe According to the Zimbabwe 2018 Nutrition Survey report launched by the Food and Nutrition Council, the national rate of child stunting, a manifestation of chronic malnutrition, is 26.2 per cent in Zimbabwe, which means nearly one…

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Fifty Pupils To Be Recruited As Nutrition Advocates

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Nutrition Alliance (ZCOSUNA) alongside the Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe aims to nurture 50 school children as nutrition advocates. By Kudakwashe Pembere The Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe a member of ZCOSUNA took nutrition advocacy to Kuwadzana district schools namely Presbyterian College and Corpus Christ High School. In Harare, this program was taken to Churchhill Boys High School. RETZ head of programs Cuthbert Mukora giving the background of this initiative said since 2017, they trained junior parliamentarians and junior councilors. Previously we have been doing…

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USAID Nutrition and Agric Programs Boost Household Food Security In Zim

THE United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) nutrition and resilience interventions have contributed significantly to household food sufficiency at a grassroots level in rural Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa To date, USAIDS has assisted more than 350,000 Zimbabwean small holder farmers to increase their yields, incomes, food security and self-reliance. Speaking at the USAID roundtable discussion which ran under the theme, “Agricultural-led Growth, Nutrition and Resilience,” United States Envoy to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Brian Nicholas said the aim of their programs was to see households running  sustainable income and food generating…

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Local NGO on Massive Campaign to Recruit Adolescent Nutrition Champions

RURAL Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ) has embarked on a rigorous drive to recruit nutrition champions in both single sex and mixed schools around the country as a means of strengthening their voice and participation in nutrition advocacy. By Michael Gwarisa This initiative which is a youth led project is set to support adolescents to participate in a campaign dubbed, “Kick Out Stunting Campaign.” In Harare, Churchill Boys High school in which has a total of 1600 students is amongst one of the first beneficiaries from the project which is…

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WFP Scales Up Post-Harvest Season Food Assistance

WFP Country Rep Eddie Rowe

THE World Food Program (WFP) says it is already ramping up food aid for both rural and urban citizens beyond the harvest season amidst indications of an impending poor harvest at the back poor rains and a prolonged dry spell which characterised the early stages of the 2019-2020 agricultural season. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the handover of a US$200 000 food assistance facility for Tongoragara refugees, WFP Country Representative, Mr Eddie Rowe said they started preparing for the post-harvest period back in…

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AU Summit: African leaders call for action to end malnutrition by 2025

AFRICAN countries have made progress toward eradicating malnutrition and stunting but need to do more to hit United Nations malnutrition targets by 2025. This was the main message of a meeting that took place during the 33rd African Union Summit. Speakers at a meeting of the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) included the heads of state of Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone, national ministers of health as well as African Development Bank (AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina, head of the African Development Bank. Leaders acknowledged the scope of the challenge…

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US$200 000 Food and Nutrition Boost For Tongogara Refugees

THE Republic of Korea has donated an amount to the tune of US$200 000 to support critical food and nutrition needs for at least 14 000 refugees of Tongogara Refugee Camp (TRC). By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the official handover ceremony of the financial facility, World Food Program (WFP) Country Representative Mr Eddie Rowe said the gesture by the Korean government would improve the daily food requirements of refugees at a time when the country was experiencing high demand for food assistance. Refugee populations around the world are one of…

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Gvt Urged To Make Realistic Commitments Towards Improving Nutrition Standards

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA), has challenged government to make realistic and attainable nutrition targets ahead of the forthcoming 2020 Japan Nutrition for Growth summit. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing Journalists this morning, ZCSOSUNA Projects Officer, Kudzai Chavhunduka said government should take the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit  to be held in December  as a historic opportunity to transform the way the world tackles the global challenge of malnutrition. As the country’s Civil Society Alliance in Scaling Up Nutrition, we applaud the government of Zimbabwe for…

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