International Food Donors Weaning Zimbabwe

A CAP representative told journalists on Tuesday, that due to donor fatigue and indications for an economic recovery the country, the programme to feed starving Zimbabweans would soon come to an end.

CAP was initiated by the donor community at the height of the country’s economic turmoil. The programme was meant to save lives of Zimbabweans who were dying of hunger and cholera.

“We are currently critically analysing ways of making an exit which do not have negative effects,” said United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Zimbabwe Allan Noude’hou.

He told journalists and government officials gathered at the launch of the CAP Mid-year review for 2011 in Harare on Tuesday:”As we move ahead and give the current context in Zimbabwe ,one of the key priorities should be to identifying  the must optimum approach which recognises the changing context and  progress being made and  which  at the same time provide some flexibility in dealing  with remaining humanitarian issues and leave some  breathing room to plan and exit strategy out of the CAP process.”

CAP made a last appeal to donors on Tuesday to contribute more funds to the country to prevent hunger.

CAP funds addresses key areas such as improving levels of food security, addressing asylum seekers, migrants, disease outbreak, water and sanitation and to respond to natural disasters.

“However, achievement of the desired food security levels was threatened by a protracted dry spell which affected six out 10 provinces this year. At the point of the Mid-Year Review, the Zimbabwe CAP is over 30% funded, having raised USD 142 million in 2011.”

“The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe continues to be stable, but elements of fragility remain for concern in key factors such as food security, health and nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene,” the UN said.

“The cholera outbreak that in September 2010 and spilled into 2011 continues to pose a challenge and although it is confined to 10 districts in four provinces of Manicaland, Mashonaland East and West as well as Masvingo, the high case fatality rate of 4% is a major concern.”