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07 Aug 2017 description

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA: Newly-appointed UNHCR Representative to Zambia, Ms. Pierrine Aylara, has assumed official duties after presenting her letters of credence in Lusaka to Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Chalwe Lombe, on Friday 4th August, 2017.

Ms. Aylara, a Benin-Swiss national, prior to her appointment to Zambia served in various field locations and at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

She has also held several stints at senior level within UNHCR in Mozambique and Angola as Representative.

04 Aug 2017 description

For children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia during the 1990s and early 2000s, the lack of access to a school adds significantly to their challenges. Communities all across Zambia have come to the aid of vulnerable children and established their own schools. There are now thousands of community schools like Chisomo Streamside Community School in Chipata, Zambia that have stepped up.

01 Aug 2017 description

Maize grain and maize meal are the most important food commodities and indicators of food security in Zambia. All of the markets represented — with the exception of Kitwe — are in provincial centers and thus provide a geographic representation. Chipata and Choma are both areas of high maize production, while Mansa and Mongu are indicative of low production areas. Kabwe, Kitwe, and Lusaka are all urban areas where demand for these commodities is high. Solwezi is a new mining town with an increasing demand for food commodities.

28 Jul 2017 description

Farmer earnings decline as maize prices drop substantially

Key Messages

24 Jul 2017 description

Lusaka - 21 July 2017- Following the completion of phase one of the UNITAID/PSI HIV Self- Testing Africa (STAR) project (2015-2017), Zambia conducted a dissemination meeting to share lessons learnt from implementing the project. This pilot study is being implemented by a consortium led by Population Services International (PSI) in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in two phases and it will last up to three years from August 2017.

06 Jul 2017 description

Rome, 6 July 2017 – Over 61,000 smallholder farmers will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Zambia to increase the incomes and food and nutrition security of rural households. The project will promote market-oriented agriculture and focus particularly on women and young people.

04 Jul 2017 description

Key points:

  • Food security continues to improve as households enjoy better dietary diversity in most districts in monitored provinces

  • There is a marked increase in the share of households with high dietary diversity in Copperbelt Province

  • Groundnut prices plummet in Mafinga in Muchinga Province, Petauke in Eastern Province and Choma in Southern Province

  • Maize prices fall considerably in Nakonde in Mafinga Province, Petauke in Eastern Province and Kaoma in Western Province

01 Jul 2017 description

Maize grain and maize meal are the most important food commodities and indicators of food security in Zambia. All of the markets represented — with the exception of Kitwe — are in provincial centers and thus provide a geographic representation.
Chipata and Choma are both areas of high maize production, while Mansa and Mongu are indicative of low production areas. Kabwe, Kitwe, and Lusaka are all urban areas where demand for these commodities is high. Solwezi is a new mining town with an increasing demand for food commodities.

30 Jun 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The overall poverty rate in Zambia is 57.5% and as high as 84.3% in Eastern Province.

  • Rural communities in Eastern Province are among the world’s most vulnerable to the adverse impact of climate change.

  • Soil nutrient levels in the province have diminished and longer dry seasons stunting crop growth.

22 Jun 2017 description

Key Messages
- Despite the fall armyworm infestation experienced in most parts of the country and the very late distribution of subsidized inputs, Zambia managed to attain a record maize output due to good rainfall. Maize production is estimated at 3.61 million MT. With a carryover stock level of 567,000 MT, total maize availability will exceed the national cereal requirement by 1.18 million MT, which will be available for export.

18 Jun 2017 description

IPA Zambia Co-Hosts Event on the Impact of Teaching Girls Negotiation Skills

08 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

The 2017 Crop Forecast Survey results have been released. Zambia has recorded its highest maize production in recorded history, amounting to 3.6 million mt. With carry-over stock of 570,000 mt from the previous year, the overall maize stocks stand at 4.17 million mt, which is expected to leave a surplus of more than 1 million mt taking into consideration national food consumption requirements and allocation to the national strategic food reserves.

Operational Updates

01 Jun 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NETcountry and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

21 May 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zambia has high rates of chronic malnutrition (40%) and early childbearing.

  • The Female Youth Livelihoods and Nutrition Enhancement Project (FYNEP) has increased the consumption of micronutrient-rich foods among young girls and women in western Zambia.

  • Through it, households are making more types of food available year-round.

19 May 2017 description

Record maize production attained due to good rains

Key Messages

15 May 2017 description

LUSAKA / GENEVA (12 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, today cautioned that many Zambian peasants are at risk of becoming squatters on their own land as Zambia is turned into Southern Africa’s food basket.

14 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Production of maize expected to exceed 3 million tonnes in 2017

  • Cereal supply situation forecast to improve in 2017/18, with increased potential for exports

  • Following stressed situation in previous year, food security conditions anticipated to ameliorate in 2017/18 reflecting expected increase in agricultural production

Production of maize in 2017 expected at above-average level

11 May 2017 description

The Government of Japan handed over a cheque worth Two Million, Eighty Seven Thousand Dollars ($2, 087,000) towards the Programme for Sustainable Resettlement of Former Refugees in Zambia during the occasion of the National Advisory Group. The cheque was received by the Permanent Secretary Office of the Vice -President on behalf of the Zambian Government and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Janet Rogan on behalf of the UN who are Programme Managers.

02 May 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

30 Apr 2017 description

Key Points
- Food consumption improves in Copperbelt, Eastern and Western provinces but lags behind in Southern province
- There is a marginal reduction in the use of some food-related negative coping strategies
- Prices of maize, beans and groundnuts fall as the main harvest starts
- Maize prices drop sharply in Kawambwa (Luapula), Kapiri Mposhi (Central) and Mwandi (Western) between March and April

Seasonal Outlook