Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex A

Working Notes for Humanitarian Food Proposal

  The Zimbabwe Community Development Trust was set up in 2001, to provide humanitarian assistance to farm workers affected by the land redistribution programme. ZCDT aims to provide food aid, shelter and medical assistance to farm workers who have either been displaced or who are still resident on non-operational farms. ZCDT also aims to provide short-term food and accommodation in the cities for low-risk farm workers.


  This project has been set up to provide humanitarian assistance to farm workers in the farming communities. ZCDT has identified two main groups of workers needing assistance: those who have been forcibly removed from the farms where they were both employed and living; and those who are still resident on farms that are no longer operational.

  ZCDT aims to distribute food to the workers on a monthly basis. Food will be divided into packs which include mealie meal, cooking oil, salt, sugar, kapenta, beans, peanut butter, tea, soap and matches. There are three sizes of packs—for a large family of five or more people, for a small family of four people and for an individual.

  ZCDT is currently distributing food to two farms in Rusape and Mhangura, with a long-term goal of 100 farms countrywide.

  ZCDT also aims to provide shelter for farm workers whose property has been destroyed, although attempts to lease land for this purpose has been hampered by war veterans.

  Providing clothing for destitute workers as well as medical assistance is also part of ZCDT's long-term plan.

  ZCDT also aims to provide school fees for farm worker's children. Farm workers will apply for assistance which will be given at the discretion of ZCDT.

  Aid agencies currently working in Zimbabwe have appealed to ZCDT for reliable information on the plight of the farm workers. As part of this project, ZCDT is gathering essential information from each farm, which will be collated and distributed to other relief agencies. This includes information about the status of the farm, how many farm workers and their families have been effected, how many settlers are resident on the farm and whether there have been violent incidents, and what assistance is immediately required.

  ZCDT has good working relationships with other agencies providing humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe, including GAPWUZ, the Farm Family Trust and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

  ZCDT believes that the scale of the problem requires a multi-NGO approach.

  On one farm in Mashonaland East, that was visited to possibly assist farm workers, we found settlers starving. They were in an extremely distressing situation because the Zanu-PF youth deployed on the farm were there to prevent the settlers from returning to their Svosve homes as much as to intimidate the remaining farm workers.

  In time, famine relief for starving farm workers will be needed for these settlers.

  On the Crisis Centre work in Harare, we have a good working relationship with Amani. We only take those Amani sends to us so that the pre-screening is done by them. We have a two-week programme which protects low-risk persons who need to get away from their areas for a short time. No political involvement is allowed by any persons while being housed by the ZCDT.

  To assist people to rebuild their homes which have been destroyed in politically motivated violence.

  The major areas for funding are going to be food and medicine for both the farm workers work and the urban Crisis Centre work. The recent WFP report on the fast approaching famine indicated a concern that no one has thought about the urban relief. We need to continue and build our working relationship with other organisations to ensure the care of victims of violence.

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