Proposals to Achieve Food Security At the Household and National Levels

Multilateral institutions believe Zimbabwe has tremendous potential to address the food security issue, provided some of the shortcomings in policy and implementation are addressed. The Zimbabwean government has missed opportunities, partly due to its reluctance to engage with multilateral institutions. The following are some of the considered views to achieve food security in the country.

The Need for a Changed Policy Environment

The analysis presented earlier indicates that government policies for achieving household and national food security have been beset by severe limitations and shortcomings. It took the government too long to realize that current policy thrusts were not meeting the objectives. There were other options available to the government that should have been tried. It is imperative that the government support the raw material requirements of the fertilizer industry. There is a need to use policy as a way out of the vicious circle associated with chronic failure. Refocusing on demand growth at both the household and national levels must receive high priority among development policies that enhance food security. The government should, as a matter of priority, enhance the budget reallocation toward rural populations in order to overcome the unaddressed causes of food insecurity. The policy environment needs to be significantly widened. There should be flexibility in the choice of available policy measures in order to tackle the causes of food insecurity that remain unaddressed.

 
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