WFP to promote self-reliance

Ahead of World Food Day today (Thursday), the United Nations World Food Programme has outlined plans to enhance its operations in Zimbabwe, where more than 1 million people will require food aid before the end of the year.

Officials told The Zimbabwean they would utilise information and communication technologies to enhance aid distribution.

“A gradual move towards a system of more targeted assistance is already being tested in readiness for expansion. Where necessary, WFP is deploying an increasingly sophisticated array of innovative tools to address the needs of people who are struggling to access the nutrition they need for their families on a daily basis using electronic-voucher transfers, cash-for-cereals and established cash/food-for-assets initiatives.

“The agency has also developed a strategy for procurement from local suppliers in areas with surplus to feed people in food deficit ones. It has also redesigned its HIV/AIDS related Safety Nets to strengthen livelihood support and encourage gradual exit strategies,” said Tomson Phiri of WFP.

The agency aims to protect lives and livelihoods, enhance self-reliance in vulnerable households in response to seasonal food shortages, improve the well-being of chronically ill adults to achieve greater capacity for productive recovery and increase government and community capacities to manage and implement hunger reduction.

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