By Kudzai Furusa
Government continues supporting the vulnerable groups of the community by distributing food aid and cash transfers and removing restrictions on food importation.
This was said by Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa during the 33rd Post Cabinet press briefing in Harare yesterday.
Government through the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) continues to work towards ensuring the availability of credible and reliable information to inform programming and policies.
“Cabinet noted that despite the natural disasters experienced by the country such as droughts, Cyclone Idai and COVID-19, Government has put in place an active response to the prevailing food and nutrition insecurity among rural livelihoods, with its support increasing to 76 percent in 2020, up from 73 percent in 2019," Minister Mutsvangwa said.
"This is mainly through supporting the vulnerable groups by distributing food aid and cash transfers, removing restrictions on food importation such as the removal of import duty on maize and wheat, cooking oil, among other basic commodities.
“In addition, Government has put in place food subsidies through continued implementation of social protection measures to improve food access and employment creation through the employment of the vulnerable communities by engaging able-bodied Drought Relief Participants under the Capital Development Projects.”
Minister Mutsvangwa went on to highlight that Government has always been the major source of crop input and food support and the support by Development partners has also increased.
“Government has also remained the major source of crop inputs and food support, contributing 48 percent in that regard. Development partners’ support has also increased from the traditional 13 per cent to 33 percent," she said.
"The combination of efforts by Government and Development Partners has seen the majority of districts receiving food aid, being able to support the population Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) projected to be food insecure.”