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Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The World Food Programme has refuted claims by the Zambian government that the UN agency recently supplied it with imported relief maize infected with a strange pest.
LUSAKA, Dec 26, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The World Food program (WFP) said here Thursday it has secured a further 9,400 tons of relief food for distribution to hunger-stricken areas in Zambia.
Sibi Lawson, public relations officer of the WFP country office, told journalists that the relief food is an addition to the 23,400 tons of relief food sourced by the Zambian government.
LUSAKA, Dec 25, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia has called for a tripartite meeting with Rwanda and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on the presence of the Rwandan ex-combatants in Zambia and their repatriation back home, according to the Daily Mail on Wednesday.
Zambia's food crisis will continue beyond March
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) issues periodic emergencies when population groups are now, or will soon become, extremely food insecure, unable to meet their consumption needs. These groups have already exhausted their strategies for acquiring food and face imminent famine.
Issued: December 23, 2002; Valid until February 22, 2003
JOHANNESBURG, 23 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - With about three million Zambians identified as needing food aid up to March 2003, concern has been expressed at the worsening nutritional status of children in the country.
Since 8 December, the rains have been significant across central and western Zambia. But the rains have come late and the drought stricken southern and eastern regions have received little respite. This pattern of erratic rainfall is expected to continue until at least mid-December. The long range forecast remains that rains will be less than optimum owing to the moderate El Nino event dominating the season. The SADC Drought Monitoring Unit will issue its latest seasonal forecast on 23 December.
FOOD SECURITY IN ZAMBIA - A SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS
The onset of the 2002-03 rainy seasons has been disappointing and generally unfavorable for early planting. The probability of late planting is very high.
The food supply situation is unsatisfactory in the southern part of the country.
Only 13 percent of the total amount of relief food required until March 2003 has been delivered so far.
If the Government had not rejected the offer of GMO maize, two months of the total relief food requirement could have been met.
LUSAKA, (Reuters) - AIDS and hunger could cause Zambia irreversible destruction, a United Nations envoy said on Sunday at the end of a six-nation tour of the region to assess the impact of the combined scourge.
Stephen Lewis, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special AIDS envoy, said Zambia would slowly slide into a major crisis unless efforts were stepped up to fight hunger and acquired immune deficiency disease (AIDS).
"I don't think I have seen anything (as) dramatic as I have witnessed in Zambia when it comes to the conjunction of AIDS and hunger. ...
Catherine Spring, 28, from Oxfordshire, won the Guardian/Christian Aid student journalism competition. In November she visited Zambia to see the work of a Christian Aid-funded organisation on the issue of HIV/AIDS, and wrote an article for the Guardian about what she saw.
Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The IMF plans to write off 152 million US dollars in Zambia's debt to Fund next year, within the framework of the debt relief initiative for highly indebted poor countries (HIPC), resident representative Mark Ellyne hinted Monday.
The following article is part of an IRIN webspecial to mark World AIDS Day. The full collection of stories, resource guides and web links can be accessed at: http://www.irinnews.org/webspecials/aids/
Interview with Paul Tembo, one of three teachers (including headmaster) of Manchamvwa Primary School. The school was built by Oxfam partner, Harvest Help. Paul completed his teacher-training last year and was sent to teach at this school. He's classed as a government worker but is not yet on the payroll! He's living by 'the grace of the lord' and some assistance from Harvest Help and is hoping to receive a wage packet at the end of the month!
1.0 Rainfall Forecast for 2001/2002 Season
Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa Monday appealed to COMESA (the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) to influence cooperating partners to first procure food from within the COMESA region before turning to developed countries.
LUSAKA, Nov 20, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World Bank said here Wednesday it has approved an assistance package of 50 million US dollars for Zambia's emergency drought recovery project.
The package consists of a 20-million grant and a 30-million credit from the International Development Association (IDA).
In a press release available here, World Bank country manager Lawrence Clarke said this is the second emergency assistance package the World Bank has provided to a southern African country to help alleviate the impact of the drought devastating the region, following a …
Press Release No: 2003/144/AFR
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