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Zimbabwe Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021)

Countries: Zimbabwe | Operations ID: n.a. | Operations type: Country Strategic Plan (CSP)

Country Strategic Plan approved at EB.1/2017

WFP’s 2017–2021 Country Strategic Plan for Zimbabwe is based on: i) lessons learned; ii) discussions with the Government, donors and partners; iii) the findings of the zero hunger strategic review;  iv ) the three-pronged programming approach and similar processes; and v) an assessment of funding possibilities. WFP will maintain its humanitarian assistance capacity while sharpening its focus on supporting social protection and resilience agendas with a view to achieving zero hunger.

WFP will build on its innovative work in knowledge and evidence generation while strengthening the systems and institutions responsible for achieving zero hunger in Zimbabwe.

In view of persistently high rates of chronic undernutrition, WFP’s will integrate consideration of nutrition issues into all parts of its portfolio. It will use gender and protection analyses to inform development and implementation of the CSP and ensure a gender-sensitive and “do no harm” approach throughout the portfolio. The principle of “less is more” will prioritize quality over breadth of coverage: it involves harmonization of activities, new geographic targeting and innovative financing options for enhanced impact.

This CSP supports the Government in achieving the following strategic outcomes:

i) Food-insecure people, including refugees, in the most affected districts are enabled to meet their basic food and nutrition requirements during severe seasonal shocks or other disruptions.

ii) Children in prioritized districts have stunting rate trends in line with the achievement of national and global targets by 2025.

iii) Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe have increased access to well-functioning agricultural markets by 2030. iv) Food-insecure rural households and smallholder farmers achieve food security and resilience to repeated exposure to multiple shocks and stressors.

v) The social protection system enables that chronically vulnerable populations throughout the country are able to meet their basic needs all year round.

vi) Partners in Zimbabwe are reliably supported by world-class, cost-effective and efficient supply chain services. The Government is WFP’s primary partner. Other partners are the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization, the Scaling Up Nutrition initiative and the World Bank.

The Plan is aligned with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (2013–2018) and its clusters relating to food and nutrition security, social services and poverty eradication. It is integrated with the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016–2020) and contributes to Strategic Results 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 in WFP’s Strategic Plan (2017-2021).