Assessment of Food Security in Zimababwe

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY - 08 SEPTEMBER 2004

QUESTION NO 26

STANDING OVER FROM 18 AUGUST 2004


MR WJ SEREMANE (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

(1) Whether the Government has done an assessment of food security in Zimbabwe; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings;

(2) Whether her department has been informed of the Zimbabwean government's assessment of a bumper crop in that country during the 2004-05 season; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how does the Zimbabwean assessment compare with (a) South Africa's own assessment and (b) any other specified independent assessments of Zimbabwe's food security;

(3) Whether her department has assessed the likelihood of any influx of Zimbabwean refugees into this country in the event of a food security crisis in Zimbabwe; if not, why not; if so, (a) what were the findings and (b) what action has been taken as a result? N487E


REPLY:

(1) The Government has not done any assessment of food security in Zimbabwe. This is a matter that falls within the competency of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, as a sovereign state. Furthermore, the Government of South Africa did not receive a request from the Government of Zimbabwe to assist in doing any food security assessment.

(2) The Department has not been informed of the Zimbabwean government's assessment of a bumper crop in that country during the 2004 - 2005 season. Furthermore, the Government of Zimbabwe is under no obligation to inform the South African government about the assessment of its crop. However, the Government of Zimbabwe during its final crop assessment for 2003-2004 announced that Zimbabwe would be producing 2 million tonnes of maize well beyond the national requirement of about 1.5 million tonnes.

(3) The Department of Foreign Affairs is not the line function Department responsible for the assessment of the influx of refugees in the country. However, Government through the relevant line function department, Home Affairs, is making an assessment of the inflow of refugees. Furthermore, the Department has not assessed the likelihood of any influx of Zimbabwean refugees into South Africa in the event of a food security crisis, because the Government of Zimbabwe has indicated that it would be having sufficient food for local consumption. Consequently, no food security crisis is foreseen.

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