Harare: International South-South Cooperation Day (September 12), the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) acknowledged the contribution of Global South to reducing food insecurity and malnutrition in Zimbabwe. The governments of Brazil, China, India and South Africa have provided Zimbabwe with tangible information, resources and skills over the years that have been successfully managed by WFP to support food security and nutrition in Zimbabwe.
In order to support business development through e-commerce, it was necessary to share expertise that connects farmers with technology. The Chinese Aid Center for Agricultural Technology and Demonstration, in collaboration with Knowledge Transfer Africa (IMAMbo), has supported up to 500 smallholder farmers in market and fruit training. In addition, several farmers and agrix officers (government officials in the Ministry of Agriculture) were supported by a coaching program to ensure the longevity of the project.
India’s recent contribution through the India-United Nations Development Program (UNDP) focuses on reducing climate change in Zimbabwe. Farmers will be trained on the benefits of developing drought-tolerant crops such as sorghum or sorghum, including techniques on how to reduce post-harvest losses. The program aims to help some 5,200 smallholder farmers in the next few months in Cerezi and Mange districts.
Similarly, in 2019, the South African government provided maize food to help families affected by Hurricane Ida. “Typhoon Aida is said to be the worst tropical typhoon in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. When Zimbabwe was one of the worst affected countries in the region in March 2019, the South African government immediately pledged resources and pledged to support the affected communities. International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, providing food aid to Zimbabwe. “As a close neighbor and regional member, South Africa is focused on supporting Zimbabwe’s humanitarian response to natural disasters,” he said.
Through the WFP Center of Excellence, Brazil provides research and policy support for in-school nutrition programs for a variety of areas, including education, health, social protection and agriculture.
We aim to work closely with our partners to help Zimbabwe meet its 2030 agenda, ”said Francesca Erdaleman, WFP Zimbabwe Country Director and Representative. In particular, WFP aims to increase market linkages among smallholder farmers and build the capacity of national authorities. “South-South cooperation is key to this strategy, and we are committed to opening it to its full potential.”
In close collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe, WFP is currently developing its 2022-2027 National Strategic Plan, which will encourage further collaboration with sustainable food security programs through the lens of food systems.
It accounts for up to 70% of Zimbabwe’s livelihoods, making it important to find the best techniques to sustain food and link local supply to the market. Middle and low-income countries have a wealth of knowledge that they can share and adapt to overcome development challenges.