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Effects of food aid on household food security in Locard Village One, Insiza District; Matabeleland South Province, Zimbabwe

Food aid is a topical issue and different individuals and groups have different opinions about its usefulness. These varied opinions call for an evaluation of the benefits and effects of food aid to ascertain its relevance in an ever changing environment. The community of Locard has received food aid for the last six years as a food security measure for vulnerable households.

It is against this background that this study intended to examine the effects that food aid has had on household food security for the community of Locard village one; to evaluate whether there has been any form of dependency developed as a result of food aid; to assess whether agricultural productivity has gone down as a result of food aid and to determine if current trends indicate any effects on the potential of beneficiaries to produce their own food in future. This study revealed that food aid had improved access to food for vulnerable groups in Locard village one, thus reducing their food insecurity situation. Food aid had also proved to be a livelihood for the youths in the area who are employed as food monitors and for the loading and off-loading of food. The study also revealed that food aid has, to a lesser extent, reduced the agricultural productivity of capable farmers through development of some form of dependency.

Mluleki Nyathi (2013)


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