At the urging of the Zimbabwean government, the non-governmental organization Christian Care is launching food-for-work programs in the districts of Gutu, Masvingo province, Chimanimani and Chipinge in Manicaland province and Mbire, Mashonaland Central province.
Christian Care National Director Rev. Forbes Matonga said the move is in keeping with the government's general policy of expanding work-for-food initiatives along with food assistance programs to relieve shortages.
Reports said some 80,000 participants have signed up in Masvingo province.
Matonga said the Christian Care program involves local communities in assessing need, deploying able-bodied workers and distributing food to workers. He noted that Christian Care has traditionally targeted the most vulnerable households, but will now emphasize work for food programs to encourage community change and reduce aid dependency.