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The European Union (EU) has announced that it will allocate an additional 8.4 million US dollars in drought relief funding in response to a deteriorating food situation in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe, like most of its neighbours in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) grouping, is grappling with an El-Nino-induced drought which has devastated crops and caused food insecurity.

In February, President Robert Mugabe declared a state of national disaster, with about four million people said to require food aid. The government then launched a global appeal for drought relief assistance and has also started importing and distributing maize to vulnerable families.

EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Philippe Van Damme said here Thursday that the bloc had so far

contributed 112. 41 million USD to the drought relief programme in direct response to the government's appeal.

He said the additional funds would be channeled through the multi-donor Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"The additional allocation will mainly contribute to enhancing the resilience capacities of target communities through various livelihood-based initiatives, such as support to farming and livestock production, infrastructure projects such as dams, irrigation schemes, water supply and the development of Disaster Risk Management Plans and community safety nets," he added.

"Secondly, it will ensure appropriate, predictable, coordinated and timely responses to shocks mainly via cash transfer modalities for communities in crisis."

Zimbabwe has also introduced the food for work program to help vulnerable families cope with the drought.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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