HATS off to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners and stakeholders for a stellar job in the continuing fight against poverty and the work towards attaining Food Security in Zimbabwe and the rest of the southern African region.
Currently, Zimbabwe faces a race against time to feed a growing population already saddled with persistent droughts and coupled by an economy hit hard by inflation.
The past and current farming seasons, in Zimbabwe, have been hit hard by droughts, rendering most farming communities and urban residents dependent mostly on agricultural output, destitute.
Most water bodies have recorded all-time low water levels, spiraling a ripple effect of low power outages, as the Kariba Dam, which produces a large chunk of electricity on the Zimbabwean grid, has also reached alarmingly low water levels.
While at many institutions and at Government level, intervention methods have been crafted and implemented, but like a voice calling in the wilderness, the WFP has lobbied and garnered for the international community to support, not only Zimbabwe, but the southern Africa region that has experienced severe droughts over the past years.
Through the agency’s efforts, embassies and the international community have chipped in and more recently; the embassy of Japan in Zimbabwe, released US$200.000 meant to benefit refugees at the Tongogara Refugee Camp, an act which goes a long way in also showing how the international community is warming up to the plea by the WFP, as the camp is home to 14 000 refugees from across the region.
Headed by Mr. Eddie Rowe, the WFP has managed to give Zimbabwean communities hope to believe in a better tomorrow.
The WFP’s goal of making sure that all vulnerable people are recognised, through the provision of food aid and monetary wise should be well commended.
These efforts cannot go unmentioned, since many communities across the breadth and width of the country have become dependent on the WFP’s Resilience Activities programmes, spread across Zimbabwe, like the Mushroom project being implemented in Epworth, Harare.
With more than 7.7 million people in urgent need of food aid in Zimbabwe, it is only noble that capable institutions chip in and support government and international implemented programmes with the capacity to change lives for the better, like the Rowe led, WFP.