HC Deb 26 March 2003 vol 402 c245W
14. Ann Winterton

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what overseas aid projects she is supporting in Zimbabwe in the forthcoming financial year. [104788]

Clare Short

DFID's current feeding programmes for Zimbabwe extend until June 2003. It is already evident that the crisis in food production will persist for a third year, as the structural causes of agricultural decline have not been addressed. Detailed assessments and the plans of the Zimbabwe government arc awaited; from there we will develop specific programmes. We expect to maintain support for humanitarian needs for a further year along similar lines to our activities during the last year, working with the UN and non-governmental agencies.

DFID's on-going £26 million programme of support to help address HIV/AIDS and to increase access to health care for vulnerable people in Zimbabwe also continues until 2005.