Life saving humanitarian operations of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Zimbabwe received a boost as the Canadian Government has contributed three million Canadian dollars to support the United Nations agency’s effort to provide food assistance to about 55,000 people in Matabo district.

Currently about 7.7 million people in Zimbabwe face food security challenge and WFP says it would require $104 million dollars to provide life-saving food assistance.

Besides providing Zimbabweans with food to put on the table and meet their daily nutritional needs, WFP’s Canadian funded food assistance also provides a cushion for Zimbabweans during the lean season. It protects them from resorting to detrimental ways of coping, like selling assets or livestock which will undermine their food security in the longer term.

WFP said it is helping to improve the self-sufficiency of vulnerable communities by supporting local initiatives to boost agricultural production, improve access to markets, increase earnings and savings, and minimise the impact of adverse weather.

WFP Country Coordinator, Eddie Rowe said “ WFP is seriously concerned about the hunger that millions of Zimbabweans are enduring – and the very real prospect that their plight will get worse before it gets better.

“This support from Canada will go a long way towards improving the well-being of food insecure people, particularly children and women,” he said.