Humanitarian Appeal Revision

Due to the impact of drought, nearly 5.1 million people in Zimbabwe are estimated to urgently need humanitarian assistance.

Highlights

The impact of prolonged drought throughout Zimbabwe resulted in less than 50 per cent of average annual production of maize crop as well as a severe depletion of the country’s strategic grain reserve. The Government estimates the food supply gap to be over 900,000 tons. Production yields at communal farm level have been worst hit and granaries are only enough to sustain households for a maximum of three months. Exacerbating the food supply crisis is the overall impact of austerity related economic shocks. Affordability of basic food items is a real issue and forcing significant numbers to resort to negative coping strategies. Economic crisis is worsened by the limited essential services especially power and fuel supply. The opportunity for formal and informal employed continues to diminish as the productive sector contracts. This Appeal will also need to cover humanitarian support post Cyclone Idai especially for those displaced and continuing to be accommodated in temporary camps and with host families

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Author(s)
The Humanitarian Country Team and the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Zimbabwe
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Languages
English

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