Emergency: Food Crisis in Zimbabwe

Help reach the most vulnerable to protect lives and livelihoods today.

In Zimbabwe, 2 million people are at risk of starvation and half the population is facing food shortages.

Last March, Cyclone Idai, one of the worst tropical cyclones in Africa’s history, hit Southern Africa, leaving death and devastation in its wake. Now Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst drought for 40 years.

The situation in Zimbabwe is critical. The UN World Food Programme has warned that half the population are facing a desperate lack of food. The Zimbabwean government has declared an emergency and requested international help.

At CBM we know that when disasters strike, people with disabilities are often among the worst affected and the last to receive help.

With your support, CBM can ensure life-saving aid reaches people in need. CBM in Zimbabwe are ready to distribute emergency support to help the most vulnerable and isolated people in the coming days and weeks.


After Cyclone Idai struck, Zvakaitani said she had 'no clue' how she was going to survive. Read her story.

When Zvakaitani was a child, she was involved in an accident that left her physically and visually impaired. Now aged 60, she lives alone in Chipinge District, Zimbabwe. She grows her own food, and lives on very little.

When Zimbabwe was hit by the worst drought in 40 years, life became incredibly hard for Zvakaitani and for many others. Some help came, but those who are disabled, isolated and vulnerable, are often the last to receive that help.

Zvakaitani says that when the cyclone struck, she had “no clue” how she would survive. She couldn’t contact friends or relatives. She had no way of getting money for food or repairs.

Thankfully, CBM Zimbabwe are on the ground, getting life-saving aid to people like Zvakaitani. Zvakaitani was given a mobile phone, which meant that our partners could transfer money to her, and that where she was isolated and alone, she could now contact other people.

But we cannot do this without the urgent support of friends like you.

Your support will help disabled people affected by this crisis to get back on their feet by providing long-term solutions. You can help provide farmers with seeds and livestock and equip them with the knowledge of how to improve crop yields. You can help people to plant community vegetable gardens and rebuild village water points to ensure safe water supplies.

Now is the time to intervene for the most vulnerable people whose lives are hanging in the balance.


CBM Zimbabwe Emergency Response Team member, Allen, works with Zvakaitani on her mobile phone.


Zvakaitani  holds a handful of maize at her homestead in the food-insecure area of Chipinge, Zimbabwe.

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