Japan supports WFP efforts to boost food security in ZimbabweListen /
A $4.2 million contribution from Japan to the World Food Programme (WFP) will boost food and nutrition security among some of the poorest families in Zimbabwe, the UN agency announced on Thursday.
WFP says the funding will go towards initiatives such as programmes to support vulnerable rural households as well as malnourished HIV/TB patients, women and children.
Zimbabwe faces a looming food crisis and more than two million people will need food assistance in the first quarter of 2014, according to a recent study undertaken by the country's government in partnership with the UN and other organizations.
WFP is gearing up to provide food distributions and cash transfers to 1.8 million vulnerable people beginning in October.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.