by DANAI MWARUMBWA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – A CONTRIBUTION of US$1,25 million by Japan earlier this year has empowered over 2 200 vulnerable rural households suffering from climatic shocks in Zimbabwe.
Some 11 000 individuals in the districts of Matobo and Mount Darwin have benefitted through the funding aimed at enhancing food and nutrition security and finding community solutions to the seasonal setbacks.
The World Food Programme (WFP) and partners officially handed over completed assets to the communities at an event in the area of Kanyoka in Mount Darwin.
Among attendees on Thursday were Minister of Provincial Affairs for Mashonaland Central, Monicah Mavhunga and the Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe, Satoshi Tanaka.
WFP Deputy Country Director, Christine Mendes, and World Vision, Operations Manager, Amon Matsongoni, also attended.
Mavhunga said food security was one of the main priorities of National Development Strategy One, thus the contribution from Japan, through WFP, would assist in reaching that goal.
“The Government of Zimbabwe appreciated such partnerships since they seek to achieve the objectives of the strategy,” the minister said.
Japan has generously contributed $5,8 million to WFP’s Food Assistance for Assets (FFA), programme since 2017.
Mendes said they had been able to reach up to 12 800 households, approximately 64 000 people, across the districts of Chiredzi, Hwange, Mudzi, Rushinga, Matobo and Mount Darwin.
“This has helped to address both short and longer-term food insecurity among people impacted by consecutive years of drought and shocks like COVID-19,” Mendes said.
Tanaka, said climate change was serious and infinite crisis, as shown by the successive drought years local communities had experienced in the last decade.
“That’s why it is essential for communities like yours to become even more resilient. The new assets you have created will help you do this,” the ambassador said.
– CAJ News