HUNDREDS of Umguza families are set to benefit from a $4 million donation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support vulnerable families suffering from the effects of drought and successive poor harvests in Zimbabwe.
The fund, which will be managed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), brings the United States’ total contribution to WFP’s current relief efforts in Zimbabwe to $29 million.
This will allow life-saving operations to continue in the 16 worst-affected areas until March.
In a statement, US Ambassador Bruce Wharton said they would continue to work through USAID for sustainable food security to help build an economically stable Zimbabwe.
“This generous contribution from the United States will enable us to continue to provide food assistance in some especially hard-hit areas,” said Sory Quane, WFP country director.
“It means the most needy are assured of support until they can cope on their own again, after the harvest in April.”
At least 2,2 million people are at risk of starvation between now and March. WFP and its partners have been assisting those in need with food and cash distributions.
The contribution will be used locally to buy cereals and pulses as well as providing for cash transfers in areas where food is available in the markets.