Government presents ZIMVAC findings

by | Jun 16, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Mako Jerera

The Zimbabwean government has shared findings from the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) Rural Livelihoods Assessment Report which was conducted by the Food and Nutrition Council (FNC).

Food and Nutrition Council is an agency under the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), tasked by Government with the responsibility of coordination, analysis and promotion of a cohesive national response by multiple sectors and stakeholders to food and nutrition insecurity in Zimbabwe.

Yearly, the FNC runs annual studies in rural areas to assess the extent of vulnerability of communities.
The study was concluded last month and yesterday Cabinet adopted the report.

During yesterday`s post-cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the findings confirm success of government`s food security initiatives in the rural areas.
The country has witnessed increased support from Treasury and, a reduction of assistance from the Development Partners despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

At least 54 percent of the households received support from Government, with Development Partners complementing these efforts by supporting 25 percent of the households.
The average household monthly income increased from USD 33 in 2020 to USD 75 in 2021.

Zimbabwe has had tangible achievements since 2018 and have been registered in the following Programmes:- crop diversification; Access to Agriculture Extension Services and Agricultural Markets; Agriculture Modernisation/Adoption of Improved Livestock Practices; Access to Rural Finances; Access to Rural Infrastructure and Services; non-farm and on farm income sources; and social protection.


The ZimVAC report highlighted, there is confidence in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme; access to water is very high among the generality of Zimbabweans; there is no child labour being practised in the country; Government is the main source of support to vulnerable households.
Eighty four percent of the communities did participate in agriculture during the summer season because of support rendered under the Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme; there is more investment in the agriculture sector.
It was also noted that there is a lot of construction happening in the rural areas and Nutrition has improved.
Ninety nine percent of people have gone without experiencing food insufficiency; and the prevailing prices stability has improved access to basic commodities.