By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT and development partners have moved in to enhance the nutritional status of vulnerable families in urban areas on the back of the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary Tawonezvi has found a way to scale up food production at household level, with the ultimate objective being to guarantee a balanced diet for her siblings.
A small garden at the backyard of her home in Harare’s Hopley High Density Suburb has become her lifeline, bridging the gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are into vegetable farming so this helps us as we become sustainable at household level. When COVID -19 hit it was really tough to survive but now we can manage three meals per day,” she said.
Acting Provincial Social Development officer – Ministry of Public Service. Labour And Social Welfare, Mr Shingirai Maungani explained that Hopley suburb is among urban areas were government has partnered development agencies to bring relief to vulnerable urban families estimated at above two million whose nutrition status has been severely affected by the covid-19 pandemic.
This programme is tremendously improving the nutrition status of women. And children since they are the. Most affected by the pandemic,” he said.
Working with the World Food Programme WFP and other cooperating partners, urban communities are being encouraged to join forces in boosting urban agriculture, build linkages between rural-urban food supply chains and learn climate smart agricultural techniques among other key activities.
The resilience building initiative for urban families has come as a huge relief for thousands of families working towards self sufficiency.