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Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has in place in the event of humanitarian needs arising in Zimbabwe. (222618)

The humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe is expected to worsen further this year as inflation, economic decline and hunger increase. The Department for International Development (DFID) has already made a contribution of £9 million in this financial year to the World Food Programme (WFP) for food aid and will consider making a further contribution if required. We also plan to spend £10 million this year through the Protracted Relief Programme. This complements emergency food aid by supporting livelihoods and helping to prevent families from falling into destitution.

Other DFID programmes provide support to Zimbabwean migrants, orphans, essential health care including maternal and infant mortality reduction, and to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS. All DFID programmes in Zimbabwe have been designed to react rapidly to deepening humanitarian needs.