Harare, Zimbabwe, July 1, 2019 – The United States Government has provided an additional $600,000 to assist approximately 1,700 smallholder farmers in Chimanimani District to recover and rebuild their lives following Cyclone Idai. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide funds to its local partner, LEAD Trust, to spearhead these recovery efforts over the next 12 months. The program will help smallholder farmers grow high value crops, cereals, and pulses, and improve nutrition and hygiene. As part of these efforts, USAID will provide smallholder farmers with 138,000 kg of locally procured seed and 305,000 kg of fertilizer.
U.S. Ambassador Brian Nichols stated: “The United States continues to stand with the people of Zimbabwe. The funding towards recovery efforts from USAID will help communities in Chimanimani District rebuild their lives following the tragedy of Cyclone Idai. This contribution will help communities meet their short and long term food security needs and assist them on their journey to self-reliance.”
This additional contribution complements previous Cyclone Idai relief efforts through USAID’s Office of Food for Peace and Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and brings the total U.S. Government commitment to $3.2 million. USAID continues to support the immediate food needs of approximately 133,000 individuals in the most affected areas, providing 2,000 metric tons of sorghum, vegetable oil, and fortified cereals. In addition, USAID supported a two month activity that provided water, sanitation, hygiene, and shelter to 36,400 individuals in cyclone-affected areas of Manicaland Province.
The U.S. Government is working in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe, other donor governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, local relief groups, and others to provide timely emergency relief and disaster recovery to those impacted by the cyclone.
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For more than 30 years, the American people, through USAID, have contributed over $3 billion in assistance to Zimbabwe. Current projects include initiatives to increase food security, support economic resilience, improve health systems and services, and promote democratic governance.