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Mar 1, 2012

Zimbabwe - Harvest Lean, UN Agencies FAO & WFP Barred From Food Assessments are Providing Targeted Aid

On 1 March IRIN reported for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the state of the harvest in Zimbabwe and the need to provide food aid.  U.N. food assistance agencies (FAO, WFP) were banned from participating in any food assessments in the country in 2011.  Denford Chimbwanda, president of the Grain and Cereals Producers Association (GCPA) told IRIN that "in the more arid regions of southwestern Zimbabwe most crops had failed."

The Ministry of Agriculture is still carrying out the first round of its crop and food assessment. According to Agriculture Minister Joseph Made, a member of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, crop and food assessments are “a national security matter that should be treated with the utmost caution and exclusivity”.

While barred from food assessments, the WFP can provide food.  It is currently doing so under a "targeted assistance program."

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