WFP, USAID Begin US$12 Payments To Urban Dwellers

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have begun cash payments, equivalent to US$12.00 to thousands of Zimbabweans living in urban areas.

This was said by United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols on Wednesday following a meeting with Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima.

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Nichols called on the Zimbabwean government to negotiate in good faith with labour union leaders and to eliminate child labour, especially in the tobacco and sugarcane industries. Said, Nichols:

I met with Labor Minister Mavima today to encourage government and labour leaders to negotiate in good faith. Respect for workers’ rights will help create a more prosperous Zimbabwe.

We look forward to working with the Ministry to eliminate child labour in tobacco and sugar cane farming. Children need the education to thrive.

I told Minister Mavima that today [the World Food Programme], with [the United States Agency for International Development] funding, began payments to 103,700 Zimbabweans in 8 urban areas to help meet their daily food needs.

This will help hungry Zimbabweans buy food for the next 6 months.

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