Name: Joint Donor Food Aid Review
Year: 2006
Client: EU
Country: Zimbabwe
Background: Zimbabwe’s GDP contracted by 40% between 1999 and 2005, making it the fastest shrinking economy in the world. Output for most agricultural commodities cumulatively declined by at least 60%, turning the country into a net  importer of food and one that fails to earn sufficient forex for importation of critical agricultural inputs, raw materials for industry, fuels and energy. Runaway inflation peaked at 1,204.6% in August 2006. This severely eroded food purchasing power, especially among the poorest rural and urban population groups. Donors deserve to be commended for mounting a large food aid response within a short time in response to the food crisis not just in Zimbabwe but the entire SADC region. The bulk of food aid delivered to Zimbabwe post-2002 was through two main programmes: the first managed by WFP and the second by the C-SAFE consortium.
  • Review the role, effectiveness and impact of food aid interventions since 2002 in Zimbabwe in satisfying the humanitarian food needs of the most vulnerable households,
  • Assess the future role and relevance of food aid in the context of Zimbabwe’s protracted humanitarian situation

Provided guidance on appropriate future humanitarian and relief Interventions in the short, medium and longer terms.

Activities: The review involved, literature review, key informant interviews, focus group discussion and structured household interviews
Special Recognition: