|Event:|| OT Other|
|Country:|| ZWE Zimbabwe|
|Date (Y-M-D):|| 2013-12-9|
|Comments:|| According to the 2013 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) report produced in May, the 2013/ 2014 consumption year is projected to have 2.2 million people, representing 25% of rural households that are to be food insecure at the peak of the hunger period in March 2014. This is a 32% increase compared with the immediate previous year. A total of 319,244 metric tonnes will be required to cover the cereal deficit that the country is facing.
The figures documented by the ZIMVAC assessment are primarily rural households and do not include the urban households. As has become a trend in food insecurity, the severely affected provinces in terms of percentage of food insecure population are; Matebeleland North (40%), Matebeleland South (32%), Masvingo (32%) and Midlands (30%). Post-harvest losses account to 20-30% of grain losses. Below is a table highlighting the most affected provinces and districts.
Late onset of rainfall, pro-longed dry spells and erratic rainfall coupled with limited access to inputs account for the poor performance of the 2012/13 agricultural season. The ZIMVAC report also notes that levels of child severe acute malnutrition exceed the globally accepted rates (4.7% compared to the global rate of 2%). Zimbabwe Red Cross has decided to target Gwanda district which has a population of 112,267. The district was targeted because there is no other organisation responding to acute food insecurity in the district. There are 24 operational wards with a total of 26,773 households. The table below shows the population of Gwanda disaggregated by gender and vulnerability.