The United States has pledged to provide US$60.55 million to assist Zimbabwe with its food insecurity during the lean season.
The funding will, however, be provided toward the World Food Programme’s (WFP) 2020/21 Lean Season Food Assistance program in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwean government announced in early June that the country harvested 907 628 tonnes of maize in the 2019/20 season, that is, half of the 1.8 million tonnes it requires.
There are 4.3 million severely food insecure people in rural areas in Zimbabwe, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, undertaken in February 2020.
In a statement on Monday, United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian A. Nichols said the lean season assistance will begin in August and will feed nearly one million people during the peak of the season, from January to April 2021. Said Nichols:
The United States remains committed to responding to the humanitarian situation, providing critical food assistance to Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable while responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and maintaining essential services.
In June, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional US$10 million to ensure that nearly 100 000 people in eight urban areas have access to adequate food supplies between July and December 2020.