WFP Zimbabwe Representative and Country Director Francesca Erdelmann
Masvingo – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will assist 103 700 more food insecure urban people with cash disbursements under a US$10 million programme.
Each of the beneficiaries will get US$12 per month for the next six months.
The programme is an intervention in eight new urban areas for those whose situation was worsened by the economic halt caused by Covid19 pandemic.
The Urban Social Assistance Programme which is funded by United States Agency for International Development Aid (USAID) was launched at the beginning of this month.
WFP Zimbabwe Representative and Country Director Francesca Erdelmann said UN agency has expanded its social assistance programme to ease challenges faced by urban communities which was worsened by the effects of Covid-19.
Those who are going to be assisted are from eight urban areas across Zimbabwe struggling to meet their daily food needs.
USAID and WFP are meeting the needs of people living in Gokwe, Redcliff, Kwekwe, Ruwa, Chinhoyi, Buhera, Chipinge, and Chegutu.
“We have expanded our urban social assistance programme to ease the challenges faced by urban communities that were worsened by COVID-19. We are grateful to USAID for its support in such a time as this.
“WFP’s Urban Social Assistance programme is scaling up to reach 326,004 people in 22 vulnerable urban domains from its target of 292,865 people across 19 urban areas” said Erdelmann, USAID Zimbabwe Mission Director Art Brown said in addition to the US$10 million, his country is also providing over US$60 million to support food distributions for one million people in rural areas during the current lean season.
WFP projections indicate that by year’s end, the number of food insecure people will have surged by nearly 50 percent to 8.6 million, a staggering 60 percent of the population.
In urban areas, where ongoing lockdown measures have triggered a massive loss of livelihoods, the number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 3.3 million, from 2.2 million, as the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic become more pronounced. https://masvingomirror.com