Help has been working in Zimbabwe since 1992 and currently supports about 178.000 people in 8 projects. We secure harvests due to peasant farming projects and support the suffering population to build a livelihood in the long term.
"Help has supported me in building up my business. Through this I have received laying hens for successful chicken breeding and egg production. By selling the eggs I can complete the building work on the house for my family and pay for my children's schooling", says Maria from Zimbabwe.
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What is the situation like in Zimbabwe?
Poverty and hunger threaten the population
For many years the former model African country was regarded as the bread basket of Africa with its fertile soil and flourishing agriculture. However, Zimbabwe has been in crisis for many years. Every day people notice the devastating consequences of the weak economy, political instability and recurring natural disasters such as drought or plagues of insects.
The inhabitants live in poverty and need: they lack food, clean water, education and medical care. Every third person lives below the poverty line, suffers from hunger and above all the children are malnourished and undernourished.
Repeated failed harvests, most recently following the serious drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon, exacerbate the food situation dramatically. The former bread basket of Africa can no longer feed its population and is increasingly dependent on humanitarian food aid.
How is Help helping in Zimbabwe?
We are providing long-term assistance in food security and income-creating measures
The objective of Help is to support the population of Zimbabwe in the long term, give people there long-term prospects and secure their livelihoods. We are focussing in particular on small farmers in the rural regions of the country.
- Securing a basic, balanced diet
- Access to clean drinking water, including the construction of wells
- Agricultural production and connections to the market in line with local conditions
- Combating poverty through measures that generate income
Donors and partners: AA (Department for Foreign Affairs), ADH (Aktion Deutschland Hilft) BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), EU