Zimbabwe revised humanitarian appeal
TitleZimbabwe revised humanitarian appeal
Farmers in Mudzi District earlier this year. Credit: Saviano Abreu/UNOCHA.
With a rising number of people in need of emergency assistance in Zimbabwe, the Government and UN have launched a revised humanitarian appeal. The appeal calls for US$ 331 million to target 3.7 million of the most vulnerable people. New evidence shows an estimated 5.5 million people in rural areas and 2.2 million in towns and cities are food insecure.
Zimbabwe is facing a multitude of humanitarian challenges as a result of climate and economic shocks. The impact of 2018/2019 drought combined with continuing macroeconomic challenges have resulted in high-level of food insecurity. The 2018/2019 Second Round Crops and Livelihood Assessment found the food gap to be over 900,000 MT, with many districts having less than three-month supply of maize.
The 2019 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) Rural Livelihoods Assessment estimates that 5.5 million people in the rural areas are food insecure. Of this population, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis points to 3.58 million people – or 38 per cent of the rural population – projected to be in need of urgent humanitarian action between the period October to December 2019. The Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare estimates that 2.2 million people in urban areas are food insecure. Recognizing that the urban communities are most market reliant and susceptible to affordability issues, an urban vulnerability assessment is ongoing whose results will complement the available data. Urban humanitarian actions will be further informed by the findings and recommendations of the urban vulnerability assessment.