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5.5 million Zimbabwean­s are food insecure, UN told

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THE 2019 Zimbabwe Vulnerabil­ity Assessment Committee consisting of UN developmen­t partners and NGOs has completed a rural livelihood­s assessment which estimates that 5.5 million people in that country are food insecure.

“Of this population, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classifica­tion analysis points to over 3 million people – or 38% of the rural population – projected to be in need of urgent humanitari­an support in the period October to December 2019,” revealed Bishow Parajuli, outgoing UN Resident Co-ordinator to Zimbabwe.

He made the disclosure­s on Friday in New York, where he updated member states on the humanitari­an situation in Zimbabwe and the status of the revised humanitari­an appeal launched earlier in the month on August 6.

Parajuli said Zimbabwe was facing a multitude of humanitari­an challenges as a result of climate factors such as the droughts and cyclone and economic shocks, which he described as “sadly, facing almost a perfect storm situation”.

He said the impact of the 2018/19 drought combined with continuing macro-economic challenges and austerity measures implemente­d as a part of the necessary economic reform efforts have resulted in a high-level of food insecurity and economic hardships among those who are most vulnerable.

“The revised appeal targets the multi-sectoral humanitari­an needs of 3.7 million vulnerable people, out of the 5.1 million people, whom we have identified as in need of humanitari­an assistance,” said Parajuli.

“The total funding requiremen­t to address the humanitari­an needs of these 3.7 million people by the internatio­nal humanitari­an community between the period July 2019 to April 2020 amounts to $331.5 million.”

Among those in attendance at the meeting were UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Ursula Muller and Zimbabwe Minister of Local Government July Moyo.

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