USAID donates $4 million for food aid

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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.

STAFF REPORTER

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.

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  1. Where is the rich Umguza MP Obert Dumbuguru Mpofu whilst his people are starving. He promised them good things during the campaigns for the July 2013 stolen election.
    Now he is leaving them to die but come 2018 he will come back and ask for votes. People don’t learn.

    • To add to that where is the diamond money; it should help these people who are in need, not to wait for hand outs from other countries. This Govt is a joke!!!

  2. The Zimbabwean government should be ashamed that the same US government it insults and hates is feeding the starving in Zimbabwe. If the US government was as vindictive and vengeful as our own, these poor people would not receive any aid but instead the US has the magnanimity to feed the people of countries who call the US their enemy.

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