Video On Demand

Zimbabwe's Burgeoning Food Crisis

May 1, 2019 • 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT

How economic mismanagement is triggering a humanitarian emergency.

The CSIS Global Food Security Project and the CSIS Africa Program invite you to join a discussion on the economic decline and food insecurity crisis in Zimbabwe. According to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s 2018 Rural Livelihoods Assessment, nearly 2.4 million people in rural Zimbabwe were projected to be severely food insecure by March 2019. In the wake of Cyclone Idai, Zimbabwe's dire condition seems poised to worsen. If the current trends continue, Zimbabwe could be facing a severe humanitarian crises that rivals some of the worst in the world.
Is Zimbabwe prepared to reform its economy, address its food security challenges, and develop a sustainable strategy to response to natural disasters? How can the international community and the U.S. government support peace and prosperity in the wake of this disaster? Panelists Ashok Chakravarti, Jason Taylor, and Peter Thomas will tackle these questions and shine a light on the escalating situation in Zimbabwe to the Washington policy community.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food and Water Security Program

Judd Devermont

Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs

Ashok Chakravarti

Institutional Economist & Former Coach, Ease of Doing Business Program, Office of the President and Cabinet, Government of Zimbabwe

Jason Taylor

Chief, Office of Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Zimbabwe

Peter Thomas

Acting Deputy Chief of Party - Analysis, Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET)