WFP Fund faces $20m shortfall

The Safety Net being operated by the World Food Programme faces a shortfall of $20 million for the period from May to October, this year, a Periodic Report has revealed.

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According to the Civil Society Monitoring Mechanism report for April and May, consequently, cuts were introduced in Zimbabwe in April and are still in effect today.

"The Safety Net Programme reached 152 092 beneficiaries with 951 million tonnes of food, equivalent to 66 percent of planned food delivery and 64 percent of beneficiaries by April 30, 2011," the report said.

"The Seasonal Targeted Assistance Programme ended in March, during which 1 051 220 beneficiaries received 13 037 million tonnes of food, equivalent to 100 percent of both planned beneficiaries and food delivery."

It said maize production had, however, increased by 9 percent in 2010/11 compared to the previous season – to 1 451 629 metric tonnes from 1 327 572 metric tonnes.

The area planted for the 2010/11 season was 2 096 035 hectares with an average yield of 0,69 metric tonnes per hectare. The increase was mainly attributed to larger area put under the crop and better yields in the high potential maize producing areas.

"The largest proportion of the 2010/11 maize harvest is expected to come from Mashonaland West (25 percent), followed by Mashonaland Central (21 percent)," said the report.

"Communal areas are expected to produce the biggest share comprising 43 percent of national maize production compared to 40 percent in the previous season."

The latest FEWSNET report said maize and other staple foods were readily available and maize prices had come down from last year, particularly in areas that had good harvests. It attributed this to the emergence of a "freer market" in cereals under the inclusive government.

"Most households in rural areas are now through the peak hunger season and the situation should continue to improve through July as the main harvest of maize comes on line," it said.

"However, drought in Masvingo, Matabeleland South and Manicaland Provinces, among other areas, has made food scarce, meaning assistance will still be required."

Maize Production

2010/11 – 1 451 629T

2009/10 – 1 327 572T

Food Aid

1 051 220 people got 13 037 million T of food

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