Japan has committed US$1,25 million to support vulnerable people in Zimbabwe, with the move being an indication of the success of President Mnangagwa’s engagement and re-engagement efforts.
The funds will help vulnerable groups and communities that have been severely impacted by climate change shocks and Covid-19.
The funds, confirmed by the Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr. Satoshi Tanaka, will be channelled through the World Food Programme (WFP).
“The Government of Japan has contributed US$1.25 million through the World Food Programme (WFP) to support vulnerable, food-insecure communities in Zimbabwe affected by climate shocks and Covid-19,” he said.
“In collaboration with WFP, the Government of Japan continues to deliver support from the people of Japan to the most vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe, focusing on improving their nutrition and building their resilience. We hope that this assistance will help to alleviate their hardship during the current humanitarian crisis and make them more resilient to climate shocks in the future.
“To address the root causes of food insecurity and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger – WFP recognises that it is important to forge such partnerships in order to undertake long term strategies to secure a brighter future for these communities.”
Japan’s contribution comes at a time when many in the country are struggling to feed themselves as a result of successive droughts and a dire economic situation that has been exacerbated by Covid-19.
In a statement, World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director and Representative, Francesca Erdelmann, said Japan was one of WFP’s largest donors and their assistance would go a long way.