Nearly 4 million Zimbabweans are vulnerable to starvation, including 1 million children as a result of the global weather phenomenon, El Nino. Global child-rights organisation, Plan International Ireland is calling for urgent action to save lives and livelihoods.
“The world needs to wake up to the reality that severe malnutrition, and possibly famine, is only one more bad harvest away,” said CEO, David Dalton.
As water sources dry up, crops fail, and animals die, food-prices are beginning to rocket, putting even more strain on this already-impoverished country.
“Zimbabwe’s long term future is in jeopardy. Foods insecurity is having a damaging effect on the education system. Parents are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Do they send their children to school or use them to seek out new food sources or income?
David Dalton added:
Parents shouldn’t be forced to have to make this type of choice – the international community needs to step up its response to meet the needs of the millions of Zimbabweans who are close to breaking point.
Plan International is on the ground providing food to those at most risk, supporting new irrigation projects and helping farmers’ diversity their farming away from maize and towards less water-intense crops such as sorghum and millet.
Plan International is committed to supporting at-risk families through Food Security and Cash Transfer schemes.
To date, Plan International has reached 200,000 people across the country through its Food Security Scheme schemes, including 3200 people in 800 households In the Mutare Region through support from Irish Aid.
To support Plan International Ireland’s El Nino appeal, please visit https://www.plan.ie/el-nino-emergency-appeal or call 1800 829 829.