Statement on access to jet fuel in Zimbabwe

HARARE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is aware of a news article alleging shortages of Jet A-1 fuel in Zimbabwe that would impact negatively on relief efforts. The information in this article is outdated.

WFP Zimbabwe, working closely in coordination with Department of Civil Protection and local
fuel suppliers, has secured adequate fuel supplies for its current operations. In the
immediate aftermath of Cyclone Idai, ensuring access to fuel for relief operations was an
urgent priority.

WFP continues to liaise with Government and other partners to ensure sufficient access to
fuel to continue air operations to affected areas.

WFP is currently providing humanitarian air services to some 20 partners, supporting the
delivery of urgently-needed relief items (including food, medicine and shelter) to those in
need in Chimanimani and Chipinge.

Over the next three months WFP plans to reach up to 270,000 affected people with food and
nutrition assistance. The plan will include multiple phases, from initial focused distributions of
a nutrition product, Super Cereal +, to the most vulnerable, for three weeks, to scaling up to a
full food ration for the broader population for three months, and it will also include a final
early recovery phase.

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