UN Checks Food Security Situation in Zimbabwe

The rainfall season in SADC has delayed.

GENEVA –  The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, will carry out a fact-finding visit to Zimbabwe from 18 to 28 November 2019.

“The objective of my visit is to engage in constructive discussions to identify good practices as well as challenges to the enjoyment of the right to food in Zimbabwe, and provide useful recommendations to the Government and others,” Elver said.

“I will consider the increased challenges posed by the economic crisis, as well as the role of the private sector, the impact of climate change, natural disasters and drought on food security and people’s livelihoods, and the issues related to nutrition and food quality in both urban and rural areas.”

This is the first visit to the country by an independent expert on the right to food.

The Special Rapporteur will visit Harare and its suburbs, as well as some of the districts most affected by the drought. She will meet Government officials, independent institutions, representatives from the UN system, the international donor community, civil society organisations and local communities.

The Special Rapporteur will share the preliminary observations of her visit at a press conference to be held at the end of the visit at 12:00 local time on 28 November 2019 at: UN Information Centre (UNIC) – 3rd Floor, Sanders House, Corner of Jason Moyo and First Street. Access will be strictly limited to accredited journalists.

Elver’s final report on the visit will be presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2020.

Source: UN Human Rights Council