WFP Scales Up Food Aid To 100 000 Urban Households

The United Nations’s World Food Programme (WFP) has increased the number of food-insecure households it is targeting under its Urban Social Assistance pilot programme to 100,000.

In a statement issued on Friday, WFP said that the pilot will run for one year. Part of the statement read:

The objective of the pilot is to provide access to food through a social safety net to ‘at-risk’ households affected by challenges associated with socio-economic risks, vulnerabilities and poverty in urban and peri-urban areas of Zimbabwe.

The pilot will run for one year. In addition to the provision of food assistance through Cash-Based Transfers, this will be accompanied by resilience-building interventions to promote the well-being of vulnerable households in the urban areas and their ability to cope with shocks and stressors in future.

WFP will provide a food basket to households that will comprise of cereals, pulses and vegetable oil, with children under 5 years receiving the nutritious Super Cereal.

The pilot will be implemented in Epworth, Harare South, Norton, Marondera, Rusape, Mutare, Bulawayo and Masvingo.

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