Zim govt hunger scheme targets 2,3 millin people

By Staff Writer

The government has set aside ann initial ZW$44 billion to facilitate the delivery of food to about three million people considered food insecure , while millers plan to import 1,1 million tonnes of grain as part of slew of measures to mitigate the effects of theEl Nino induced drought.

Beneficiaries will recieve food during bthe forthcoming peak hunger period under the Food Deficit Mitigation Programme.

At least 71 500 tonnes of cereals , maize , sorghum and millet- have been earmarked for distribution to all 63 rural districts targeted under the programme.

Public Service ,Labour and Social Welfare Minister July Moyo said food distribution was guided results of the Zimbabwe Livelihood Assessment Committee.

Inorder to ensure food insecure populations are reached with assistance , the government hyas set aside ZW$ 43,7 billion to cater for all distribution processes during the peak hunger period January – March 2024.

“However,it is important to point out that Treasury continues to be very supportive if there is a need to adjust the budge to ensure in need is supported with food,” said Mr Moyo.
“The government is reaching 2,3 million food insecure people , whilst WFP and its cooperating partners are reaching out to over 300 000,”said Moyo.

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