United States provides additional US$15 million to respond to increased food insecurity

Remarks by

U.S. Ambassador Brian A. Nichols

United Nations Flash Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance

Thursday, February 28, 2019; 17:00

Meikles Hotel, Harare


  • Under-Secretary-General, Sir Mark Lowcock
  • United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Bishow Parajuli
  • Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Misheck Sibanda
  • Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Mr. Justin Mupamhanga
  • Senior Principal Director of the Office of President and Cabinet, Mr. Albert Chikondo
  • Your Excellency, South African Ambassador Mphakama Mbete
  • Your Excellency, Swedish Ambassador Sofia Calltorp
  • Your Excellency, European Union Ambassador Timo Olkkonen
  • Head of DFID, Annabel Gerry
  • Members of the diplomatic community and international organizations here present
  • Members of the media
  • Good evening, ladies and gentlemen
  • I am honored to represent the United States, leading a team dedicated to improving food security in Zimbabwe. In response to the United Nations’ appeal for humanitarian assistance, I am pleased to announce the United States is providing an additional 15 million U.S. dollars.  This brings the total U.S. Government contribution for the current lean season to 38 million U.S. dollars.
  • With these resources, the United States Government, through USAID, is providing life-saving food assistance for nearly 600,000 vulnerable Zimbabweans in 19 districts. We are proud to work with the World Food Programme, and its many implementing partners, to deliver this assistance to the communities and people who need it most.
  • The additional $15 million contribution will provide food rations and cash transfers for the purchase of food, helping to alleviate suffering for those affected by food insecurity.
  • The United States is proud to be part of a coordinated response to the humanitarian situation. We work closely with the UN and other donors to ensure that as many communities as possible are covered during this challenging time.
  • While we recognize the need for humanitarian assistance, together we must tackle the root causes of food insecurity and poverty to make Zimbabwe free from hunger.
  • In addition to our contributions to the World Food Programme, the United States Government, through USAID, is providing 144 million U.S. dollars over seven years to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition. USAID has also provided $20 million over five years to increase agricultural production and create market linkages for small-scale farmers.  These programs depend on the tireless efforts of non-governmental organizations.
  • Civil society organizations play an indispensable role in creating a prosperous and democratic society.
  • Since 1980, through USAID, the United States has provided more than 3 billion U.S. dollars in assistance, delivered through our civil society partners. Let us all continue to work together to improve food security, promote public health, create equitable economic growth, and strengthen democratic institutions.

Thank you.