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Zimbabwe Fast Facts

› 43,520 households received 25 kg maize meal per household, in 12 districts of Zimbabwe

› Over 50,000 food insecure people will receive monthly rations of maize meal, beans, and oil in Chipinge District.


In the past decade, Zimbabwe has experienced utter economic collapse, political instability, food and fuel shortages and cholera outbreaks. UNDP Human Development Index consistently has placed Zimbabwe in the lowest rank.

UMCOR began its work in Zimbabwe in January 2009 in response to the growing humanitarian need in the country. In close collaboration with the United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe, UMCOR started with a food distribution program targeting poor and vulnerable households in 12 districts of Zimbabwe. UMCOR Zimbabwe primarily works in Harare and in the eastern part of the country in Chipinge District.


Food Security

UMCOR Zimbabwe’s food security programs began in early 2009 with a distribution of 408 metric tons of maize meal targeting 27,200 beneficiary households within 12 districts. UMCOR Zimababwe responded to the ongoing food insecurity again in 2010, providing another distribution of 408 metric tons of maise meal targeting 16,320 households in the same districts.

In 2011, UMCOR began its Local and Regional Procurement Pilot Project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The goal of the project is to ensure that adequate short-term food availability for food-insecure households affected by drought conditions and economic shocks in Chipinge District of Zimbabwe. The project targets a total of 50,304 beneficiaries with over 1610 metric tons of commodities including maize meal, beans and oil.


UMCOR Zimbabwe works with a variety of partners to make our work possible. In addition to the private funds we receive through The United Methodist Church, we also receive support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.