As per agreement, the Zimbabwean government is continuing with the social cash transfer initiative that was launched in 2012. The government will review cash transfers as it extends the programme to an additional ten districts countrywide.
The social cash transfer initiative aims to cater and feed for over fifty thousand vulnerable households from across twenty three districts.
While speaking to ZBC News Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Permanent Secretary Mr Simon Masanga explained that the government has plans to extend this safety net to ten more districts as it makes moves to protect the vulnerable households.
“We are expanding the programme to ten districts on top of the twenty-three we are already working in. We are also looking at reviewing the cash transfers from the current three hundred dollars to one thousand dollars per month, he said.
According to statistics by the World Food Programme, about 5 million people have been pushed into food insecurity because of the recurrent droughts.
The Zimbabwe government intends to continue working on this programme to cater for all sixty-five districts, which effectively translates to the cushioning of two hundred and fifty thousand households.