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Zimbabwe: Food

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the population of Zimbabwe to obtain food; and if he will make a statement. (260274)

We expect that 7 million people will have received food aid in February, and more disease outbreaks are possible. The Government of Zimbabwe have failed to procure the share of food necessary, in turn creating additional pressure on existing supplies. Although the harvest looks set to be reasonable, it will be small in scale. It is expected that a significant food aid programme will be required in the coming year.

The Department for International Development (DFID) is doing everything it can to help save lives in Zimbabwe. This financial year we expect to deliver a programme of £49 million—including in the areas of food security; combating HIV and AIDS; supporting orphans and vulnerable children; providing essential medicines; and fighting cholera.