Government launches Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy

By Lisa Masuku

GOVERNMENT has launched a Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy to cushion food insecure households across the country.

The programme is in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

With the number of food insecure individuals in Zimbabwe having gone above three million, government has launched the Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Launching the strategy in Bulawayo this Thursday, Acting Minster of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Honourable July Moyo urged development partners to channel their support through approved government structures.

“As we launch the Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy today, I want to urge all development partners to channel their assistance through approved government structures,” he said.

The development partners pledged commitment to working with government to alleviate the plight of food insecure communities.

“As WFP, we recognise Zimbabwe’s food plight and we are committed to working with the government of Zimbabwe to promote and strengthen livelihoods of vulnerable members of the community who are food insecure,” noted Francesca Erdelmann, Country Director WFP.

“The Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy is an important tool for ensuring adequate resources are in place to cater for the well being of vulnerable groups of society such as women and children. As UNICEF we are pleased to be working with the government of Zimbabwe to try and address the plight of the population that is food insecure,” said UNICEF Country Representative, Dr Tadjudeen Oyewale.

The worst affected provinces with high food insecure levels include Matabeleland North, Masvingo and Matabeleland South.