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Zimbabwe Food Insecurity Crisis

A woman uses a garden tool to dig in a green field of crops.

CARE / Cynthia R Matonhodze

CARE / Cynthia R Matonhodze


Southern Africa is facing an unprecedented drought and food security crisis, with Zimbabwe being one of the hardest hit.

About the Food Insecurity Crisis in Zimbabwe

Erratic weather has caused a series of floods and droughts in the region, leading to an unusually large loss of crops and increasing the risk of disease. Zimbabwe is one of the hardest hit, with 4.1 million people in the country dealing with food insecurity. The country is also still recovering from being hit by Cyclone Idai in March 2019.



people in Zimbabwe dealing with food insecurity

What CARE is doing in Zimbabwe

CARE’s strategy focuses largely on food security, WASH, and education in emergencies. By providing access to clean water and sanitation, the organization hopes to decrease outbreaks of diseases like cholera and typhoid fever.  

CARE is also providing clean water to those without, as well as delivering education around best hygiene and sanitation practices. Women are trained as pump mechanics, and women and girls are encouraged to join health clubs in schools.  

In many countries facing humanitarian and food insecurity, school dropout rates soar as families must prioritize food and water access over education. One CARE pilot project involved constructing a solar-powered water pump, fish farm, and vegetable gardens in a school so that schoolchildren have access to water and food, even during the height of the drought.