The United Kingdom’s International Development Secretary, Alok Sharma, on August 9 revealed that her government had availed £49 million towards food aid for Zimbabwe.
This follows an appeal for assistance by the government of Zimbabwe to the international community following a severe drought during the 2018/19 farming season. Part of the statement by the UK government reads:
No DFID money is given directly to the Government of Zimbabwe.
Reducing poverty, hunger and providing clean water and sanitation is at the heart of what UK aid does, but our investment is also about tackling disease and conflict – ultimately creating a safer, healthier and more prosperous world.
The £49 million announced today will fund a new humanitarian and resilience programme that will start on October 2019 and run until September 2022 in Zimbabwe. This includes £25.5 million of new funding for DFID Zimbabwe from reallocations within DFID’s budget and £23.5 million funding from DFID Zimbabwe’s existing budget that will now be focused on humanitarian support.
DFID’s total UK aid support to Zimbabwe for 2019/20 is £113.5 million.
Today’s announcement of UK aid support will help:
Up to 440,000 Zimbabweans who face potential starvation in rural and urban areas get access to food and water via the World Food Programme (WFP) through small cash transfers.
Support 300,000 vulnerable people to prepare for potential cholera or typhoid outbreak by providing disease surveillance, essential medicine to treat water-borne diseases and training for local health workers to rapidly respond to outbreaks.
Strengthen disaster planning in Zimbabwe and help get financing in place before disaster strikes so they can better manage the economic impact of emergencies and build their resilience.
Discover ways to build the resilience of vulnerable people to economic and climatic shocks. This involves increasing support to a WFP pilot to provide 100,000 vulnerable people in urban communities with assistance so they get the food they need through access to mobile money.
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