Govt on well beaten track with begging bowl

Augustine Mukaro

GOVERNMENT has once again taken its begging bowl to the donor community for financial assistance despite strident claims that Zimbabwe can go it alone.



erdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Information reaching the Zimbabwe Independent shows government has approached the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with proposals to fund various needs.


Highly placed sources at the UNDP said a number of government ministries coordinated by the Social Welfare ministry have been engaged in talks with the UNDP over the past two months.


“Government is seeking assistance in almost all facets of the economy ranging from food, drugs, farming inputs and equipment with emphasis on the ‘social sector’,” a source said. “On the food side, government has classified its appeal as ‘food required for targeted feeding programmes’.”


Targeted feeding programmes were launched to address the food needs of the aged, orphans, the chronically ill and other special welfare cases in both urban and rural communities in Zimbabwe.


Sources said the UNDP had also received proposals from the Agriculture ministry to assist newly-resettled farmers.


The Ministry of Agriculture is appealing for seed, fertilisers, chemicals and other farming inputs.


Production in the agricultural sector has plummeted by over 70% in the past five years as a direct result of the chaotic land reform programme which reduced the once vibrant commercial farming sector to subsistence farming.


The Famine Early Warning Systems Network and World Food Programme in their recent reports projected that around 3,3 million people would need food assistance in the lean months from December to March.