Week 34

3,8m rural population food insecure

CSOs confront Mudenda over PVOs Bill

Zim, UAE trade rises to US$1,7 billion

Outcry over US$ school fees

Zim not a peaceful country: Report

The future of Zimbabwe’s agrarian sector: a new book | zimbabweland

Documents relief for Gukurahundi communities | The Sunday News

Door-to-door measles vaccination on | The Sunday Mail

Africa cannot rely on others for its food security

US's Zambia investment plan targets African food security

‘Once you begin to budget in trillions, you must know you have lost it’

3,8m rural population food insecure

GOVERNMENT yesterday confirmed that 38% of the country’s rural population, about 3,8 million people, will face hunger next year.
Speaking during a post-Cabinet briefing, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said projections by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) for Rural Livelihood Assessment Results (2022) on the country’s food security situation were true. Mutsvangwa said government was pinning its hope on humanitarian agencies such as the World Food Programme to chip in with food aid.

CSOs confront Mudenda over PVOs Bill

CIVIL Society Organisations (CSOs) have written to the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda expressing discontent over the Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) Amendment Bill, saying it is unconstitutional. The letter was penned by Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum executive director Musa Kika on behalf of 20 CSOs which include Veritas, Transparency International Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Peace Project, among others. In the letter, Kika attached a detailed legal analysis of the Bill that CSOs produced in a bid to highlight that the proposed law in its current form violates the Constitution. Furthermore, he cited a letter penned by four United Nations Special Rapporteurs to President Emmerson Mnangagwa with regards to the Bill last December, where they stated that the Bill falls short of the international human rights benchmarks, notably freedom of expression.

Zim, UAE trade rises to US$1,7 billion

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) has become Zimbabwe’s second largest trading partner after South Africa, with exports from the southern African country to the Middle East powerhouse jumping 750% to US$1,7 billion in five years.

Outcry over US$ school fees

PARENTS have expressed concern over a decision by some schools to peg half of their school fees in foreign currency, mainly the United States dollar (US$). Schools open on September 3, 2022, for the third term and most schools now want fees paid in foreign currency. Some parents, who spoke to NewsDay on condition of anonymity, said the decision was brutal given that their salaries were paid in local currency, and they had no access to foreign currency.

Zim not a peaceful country: Report

ZIMBABWE has been ranked 127 out of 163 countries in terms of being a peaceful nation by the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2022. The peace index was carried out through a survey by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The GPI survey covers 163 countries, comprising 99,7% of the world’s population.

The future of Zimbabwe’s agrarian sector: a new book | zimbabweland

Future of Zimbabwe’s Agrarian Sector – is just out with Routledge and edited by Grasian Mkodzongi. It’s fiendishly expensive, but a paperback version is promised soon. Meanwhile be in touch with authors for copies of chapters or look out on Researchgate or other platforms for pre-print versions, as there’s lots of good material.

Documents relief for Gukurahundi communities | The Sunday News

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has said he is going to expedite the availing of national identity documents to communities affected by post-Independence disturbances commonly known as Gukurahundi, saying the Government’s incapacity to do so in the past amounted to healing delayed. “We resolved the matter through a series of decisions which, among other measures, simplified requirements for issuance of documents; measures which brought the service closer to communities through mobile registration and issuance units, and through decentralisation and making the registration process free.”

Door-to-door measles vaccination on | The Sunday Mail

The GOVERNMENT will roll out a national door-to-door vaccination campaign against measles before schools reopen for the forthcoming third term to contain an outbreak of the disease that has claimed 157 lives. Children aged six months to 15 years are being targeted for the mass vaccination campaign. The Ministry of Health and Child Care is also targeting communities well-known for resisting vaccination, such as apostolic sects.

Africa cannot rely on others for its food security

“We still have enough food globally; the question is price and affordability. There is enough food but not enough money in Africa to buy it. A Black Sea solution would accelerate the recovery, but it’s not going to be an incredible gamechanger because if we open Ukrainian ports, production is in any case down by 40%. You may have ports open but nothing to trade. Some of the damage of the next six months has already been done.”  “People say never let a crisis go to waste,” says Fregene. “The Ukraine war is luckily showing us we cannot rely on others for food security. You don’t have to wait until the house is on fire… This is the time right now to invest in those areas that will strengthen agriculture.”

US's Zambia investment plan targets African food security

USAID has committed $44m to agricultural development programmes in Zambia, promising diversification and increased female empowerment in the country’s economic recovery. Zambia’s post-pandemic drive to diversify from mineral exports received a healthy boost as USAID announced an investment package worth over $44m.

‘Once you begin to budget in trillions, you must know you have lost it’

…says Biti as he shreds Mthuli’s supplementary budget.

“We have been there before, in 2006, 2007 and 2008, once you begin to budget in trillions, you must know you have lost it. You must know that you have now become an innocent by-stander to the economy.” 

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