Zimbabwe: 2.6m Villagers Facing Severe Food Shortages – Report


A total of 2.61 million people or 27% of the population in rural Zimbabwe are facing severe food shortages, according to a report released this week.

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) said the food insecurity in Zimbabwe was primarily due to the shocks and hazards experienced in the country in recent months.

These included droughts, reduced livelihood opportunities due to restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, pests, diseases, and high food prices.

The report is on the food situation in Zimbabwe for October to December 2020 and the projections for January to March 2021.

“Currently, 2.61 million people (27% of the analysed population) in rural Zimbabwe are facing high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above), while nearly 2.9 million people (29%) are in Stressed (IPC Phase 2).

“The food insecurity is primarily due to shocks and hazards experienced in the country such as drought, reduced livelihood opportunities due to restrictions linked to Covid-19, pests and diseases, and high food prices,” IPC said.

“In the absence of large-scale humanitarian food assistance programmes currently ongoing in the country, more households would likely be in a worse-off food security situation.”

The IPC said humanitarian efforts by the government and development partners have reached 6.7 million beneficiaries in the projected period, but there is need for more in order to reach the most vulnerable households.

“The government and development partners are reaching large numbers of food insecure households – 4.1 million beneficiaries in the current period and 6.7 million beneficiaries in the projected period.

“There is a genuine need for these efforts to continue to reach the most vulnerable households and to provide them with food, cash and livelihood assistance.