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Humanitarian agencies appeal for $488m


Humanitarian agencies in Zimbabwe are appealing for $488 million to meet the country’s immediate humanitarian and recovery needs through the Consolidated Appeal Process (Cap).

Officially launching the mid-year review of the 2011 Cap today, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Zimbabwe Alain Noudéhou appealed for an additional $73 million above the initial $415 million requested when the 2011 appeal was launched in December 2010.

“We are well aware that globally, we are competing for resources with dire humanitarian situations like the drought in the Horn of Africa and the crisis in Middle East/North Africa. Nevertheless, the resources indicated earlier are still very much needed in Zimbabwe.

“We therefore appeal for the continuous support of the donor community to address these needs that are clearly articulated in the Zimbabwe Cap 2011,” said Noudéhou.

Most of the funding will go towards food aid following a protracted dry spell which affected six of the country’s 10 provinces from February to March 2011.

Secretary for Regional Integration and International Cooperation Tadeous Chifamba said some districts would require immediate food assistance for nine months instead of the usual four months. This was articulated in the findings of the Second Round Crop and Livestock Assessment of May 2011.

“The World Food Programme estimates that it will soon be responding to the needs of approximately 1,4 million people and require US$83 million to meet these needs,” he said.

Key priorities to be addressed by the revised 2011 Cap include improving levels of food security,

addressing the needs of asylum seekers, migrants and other vulnerable groups that need protection; prevention of and rapid response to disease outbreaks; and response to natural disasters.

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