200k Masvingo house­holds re­ceive food aid

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

ABOUT 200 000 house­holds in Masvingo prov­ince are now re­ceiv­ing food aid, a min­is­ter has said. The Govern­ment and Non­Govern­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) started giv­ing food to 36 000 more house­holds at the be­gin­ning of this month, adding on to 147 000 house­holds that were al­ready re­ceiv­ing food aid in the prov­ince. About four mil­lion peo­ple are in need of food aid across the coun­try.

In a state­ment, the Min­is­ter of State for Masvingo Provin­cial Af­fairs Cde Shu­vai Ma­hofa said the Govern­ment will from this month dis­trib­ute more food to vul­ner­a­ble groups in the prov­ince con­sid­er­ing that the need for food aid has in­creased as more house­holds need as­sis­tance due to the drought.

The Min­is­ter hailed de­vel­op­ment part­ners for as­sist­ing the Govern­ment to pro­vide food to those in need. She urged them to con­tinue as­sist­ing those in need un­til the next har­vest. Cde Ma­hofa said the Govern­ment and NGOs that in­clude the World Food Pro­gramme (WFP), Care In­ter­na­tional, the Zim­babwe Red Cross So­ci­ety, Plan In­ter­na­tional, Lutheran World Fed­er­a­tion, Ox­fam and Mwenezi De­vel­op­ment Training Cen­tre were as­sist­ing many drought stricken fam­i­lies in the prov­ince. — @wal­terbm­swazie2

Cde Shu­vai Ma­hofa

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