Zimbabwe: Marching towards starvation

World Food Programme steps up resilience building in Zimbabwe as country stands on the brink of a major food crisis

Across Zimbabwe, drought is affecting the livelihoods of millions. In the photo: a corn field in Mutoko district. Photo: WFP/Tatenda Macheka
The building of water conservation infrastructure like this dam in Chebvute, Masvingo district, is among the activities WFP promotes to increase the resilience of communities to drought. Photo: WFP Photo library
Farmer Andrias with the fresh vegetables he can sell to local schools. Photo: WFP/Tatenda Macheka

“We are not the same people we used to be”

The integrated approach also incentivizes farmers to build up savings through community savings and loans schemes. This ensures that they can cope with other shocks unrelated to drought and crop failure, and will eventually be able to afford the insurance premiums on their own, without assistance from WFP. This is a key component to creating a thriving insurance market and lasting impact for smallholder farmers.

Through the programme, community members learn new skills that will help them turn their farms into businesses. Photo: WFP/Lorenzo Bosi
WFP Executive Director David Beasley with programme participants. WFP is now able to buy food from them. Photo: WFP/Tatenda Macheka

Learn more about WFP’s work in Zimbabwe

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