Delivering as one in the face of COVID-19

Amid the COVID 19 pandemic World Food Programme food distribution points have provided a one stop shop for millions of Zimbabwe. It has become a platform for knowledge exchange as well as a go to place for family planning commodities. WFP is the largest humanitarian organization in the UN system, with the deepest field presence in the most difficult settings. WFP’s vast footprint across Zimbabwe provides the opportunity for partners across the humanitarian and health sector to use its food distributions as a one-stop-shop for providing essential information and services.…

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Gvt, Partners Readies Humanitarian Assistance For Tongogara Refugee Camp, As Mozambique Conflict Rages

THE Ministry of Public Service and Social Welfare working together with various partners including the World Food Program (WFP) says they are ready to increase food and humanitarian assistance at Tongogara refugee camp should the demand for assistance increase at the back of conflict in neighboring Mozambique. By Michael Gwarisa Tongogara refugee camp currently houses not less than 15 000 refugees from various countries and should the conflict in Mozambique persist, there are fears it could lead to an influx of refugees coming to seek protection at Tongogara camp. Speaking…

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Pfumvudza, A Tried And Tested Method Of Boosting Household Nutrition And Food Security Says Gvt & FAO

THE newly nationally adopted climate smart agriculture, Conservation Agriculture (CA) model or Pfumvunza which is being championed by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Settlement is a trusted and proven method of increasing household food security and nutrition, top agricultural experts have said. By Michael Gwarisa Conservation Agriculture was piloted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and other partners in various districts in Zimbabwe in 2009 and since then, at least 300 000 Zimbabwean small holder farmers who practiced this method have tripled their production. The method…

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USAID and WFP Provide Relief to over 100,000 Urban Dwellers During COVID-19

THE United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today commenced cash disbursements for the Urban Social Assistance programme thanks to funding from the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID’s support will provide relief for vulnerable families in eight urban areas across Zimbabwe struggling to meet their daily food needs due to the effects of COVID-19. USAID and WFP are meeting the needs of people living in Gokwe, Redcliff, Kwekwe, Ruwa, Chinhoyi, Buhera, Chipinge, and Chegutu. The financial assistance from USAID allows WFP to provide support…

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Joshua case study on Nutrition in COVID-19 – Zimbabwe

DORICA (37) is a mother of four, who lives in the drought-stricken district of Binga in Zimbabwe. She has a two-year-old Joshua, and also lives with her four-year-old granddaughter Dorcas. Juggling from one odd job to another has become a daily routine for Dorcas and her husband, as they struggle to provide meals for their family of seven, without a reliable source of income. By Sophie Hamandishe Despite these challenges, Dorica has remained resolute when it comes to matters of feeding her son Joshua and ensuring that he remains healthy.…

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COVID-19: Children From Poorest Households Have Suffered Greatest Loss Says Latest Save The Children Survey

THE COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the education of children from poorer backgrounds and is widening the gap between rich and poor and boys and girls, a new global survey by Save the Children revealed today. Save the Children conducted the largest global survey of its kind among some 25,000 children and adults on the impact of the pandemic and according to the survey, over the past  six months since the pandemic was announced, the most vulnerable children have disproportionately missed out on access to education, healthcare,…

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Provide Food Basket Instead To Avert COVID-19 Induced Malnutrition- Gvt Told

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition (ZCSOSUNA) has called on government to  replace the current ZW$200 food assistance cash transfer assistance being given to vulnerable households with a nutritious food basket  in a bit to avert a spike in Severe Acute Malnutrition cases. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists this morning, ZCSOSUNA National Coordinator, Mr Kudakwashe Zombe said food and nutrition assistance need to be at the heart of social protection programmes especially under the prevailing environment where revenue streams have been disrupted at the back of lockdown restrictions.…

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#JUSTIN: Wfp Urgently Seeks International Support To Prevent Millions Of Zimbabweans Plunging Deeper Into Hunger

WITH COVID-19 aggravating an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for an additional US$250 million to support a rapidly expanding emergency operation for millions at-risk. By Michael Gwarisa WFP projections indicate that by year’s end, the number of food insecure Zimbabweans will have surged by almost 50 percent to touch 8.6 million – a staggering 60 percent of the population – owing to the combined effects of drought, economic recession and the pandemic. Many Zimbabwean families are suffering the ravages of…

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Yanaya’s Seductive Cuisines, Only Fit For Health Conscious Foodies

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MANY can concur with me that our diet options and eating habits have changed the world over and people are increasingly becoming health conscious by the day. We are living in the era of Banting, dieting and massive workouts just to lose weight and at least stay healthy. French Lawyer and politician Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, in 1826 in one of his manuscripts wrote, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” Meaning a person is a vivid reflection of what he/she eats or puts inside their…

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ZCSOSUNA Engages Nutrition Champions To Raise Awareness In Communities

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA) is in the process of engaging experts from various fields to act as Nutrition Champions in a bid to drive the nutrition message at grassroots level. By Michael Gwarisa The nutrition champions will be drawn from Media, Music and Arts industry, Parliament, Private Sector and government. Speaking on the development, ZCSOSUNA National Coordinator, Mr Kudakwashe Zombe said the move was meant to simplify and demystify some of the myths society has on nutrition through using individuals they are familiar with.…

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