WFP has warmly welcomed a 10 million British pound (Zim$1.23 trillion) cash donation from the UK Department for International Development which will be used to buy urgently needed food supplies for the people of Zimbabwe.
The transfer of funds to WFP followed a signing ceremony in the capital Harare today between the Country Directors for WFP and Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The funds will be used to buy up to 40,000 tonnes of food which is enough to feed more than three million people for a month.
“This support comes at a critical time for WFP's programmes in Zimbabwe, when we are scaling up our programmes to reach over 3 million vulnerable people,” said Kevin Farrell, WFP Country Director in Zimbabwe.
“Combined with support from a range of donors, DFID’s generous contribution helps WFP to buy food regionally for distribution in Zimbabwe at the height of the hungry season.”
The UK is pleased to be able to provide this help to the people of Zimbabwe at this important time.
John Barrett, Head of DFID Zimbabwe
The donation by DFID brings the amount of humanitarian assistance given to Zimbabwe to 120 million British pounds (Z$14.7 trillion) since 2001.
This year alone, DFID will give 40 million pounds (Z$4.9 trillion ) to the people of Zimbabwe through UN agencies and non-governmental organisations working in the country.
“The UK is pleased to be able to provide this help to the people of Zimbabwe at this important time,” said John Barrett, Head of DFID Zimbabwe.
“WFP is a crucial partner in the international effort to distribute food to the poorest and most vulnerable people in Zimbabwe.”
The donation follows the conclusion of a memorandum of understanding yesterday between WFP and the Government of Zimbabwe which sets out the modalities of food distributions through non-government organisations in the country.
WFP has been carrying out feeding programmes in Zimbabwe since 2001 when severe drought, compounded by HIV/AIDS, affected agricultural production across all of southern Africa.
In addition, this year, the UN agency plans to feed more than three million people through vulnerable group feeding programmes, while continuing ongoing school feeding, home based care for people living with AIDS and orphan support programmes.
DFID previously announced this pledge to WFP in a press release issued on 22 September 2005 announcing £11.05 million funding to combat Southern Africa food shortages, of which Zimbabwe received £10 million.
The announcement made today does not represent additional funding to the £10 million committed by DFID in September.