The World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with government has launched the new Zimbabwe’s five year country strategic plan (2017-2021) that will see at least US$253 million being mobilised to end hunger and boost nutrition.

While maintaining strong humanitarian assistance capacity, WFP Zimbabwe’s new country strategic plan (2017- 2021) focuses on supporting longer-term national social protection and resilience efforts, and strengthening systems and institutions needed to help achieve zero hunger, says WFP Zimbabwe representative and country director Mr Eddie Rowe.

The WFP country director revealed this while addressing the media at a briefing held in Harare on the launch of the new Zimbabwe five year country’s strategic plan.

He said the review presents a thorough analysis of the root causes of hunger and gaps in an effort to  make a difference to people’s lives.

Senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet Mr Ozias Hove says the launch of the new programme is a sign of cordial relations shared between government and WFP with the new strategic plan fully reflecting the national objectives.

UN resident coordinator in Zimbabwe Mr Bishow Parajuli commended the new strategic plan as a positive step towards achieving zero hunger as well as the achievement of sustainable development goals.

The five year strategic plan replaces previous humanitarian and development programmes by WFP and is being implemented under the theme, “Changing How We Plan and Implement to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals”.