To this end, Oxfam brings to the attention of the Government of Zimbabwe that following the worst drought in decades, rural communities we work with tell us about family members who have migrated because of â€˜issues of the stomachâ€™: there is no food, and there are no employment opportunities.
This situation will get worse before it gets better; the next harvest will not be ready until March. Urgent action is needed both to meet peopleâ€™s food needs now, ensure food markets are able to function effectively, and to help people plant successfully in the coming months. And yet across southern Africa, there is currently a $2.5 billion funding gap for the response.
The Government of Zimbabwe is encouraged to continueÂ working with donors to plug this gap, alongside supporting vulnerable communities to escape their dependence on rain-fed agriculture. It is imperative to swiftly implement measures that build their resilience in the face of recurrent droughts, and enable them to adapt to a new climate, by supporting them to diversify their crops ahead of planting for the next season.
We urge the Government of Zimbabwe, along with other southern African governments, to represent the region strongly at this yearâ€™s UN General Assembly by calling for greater and more investment from the global community to support the most vulnerable communities as they adapt to the changing climate, and ensure they are not faced with leaving their homes in future.â€