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WFP Zambia Country Brief, January 2018

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Highlights

  • 12,200 smallholder farmers registered and verified for conservation agriculture, savings, input credit and weather index insurance.

  • WFP conducted an aggregator selection exercise in five districts. This exercise was aimed at assessing aggregators’ potential to offer and extend their marketing services to small holder farmers and help to improve their livelihoods, incomes and establish a predictable and stable market.

  • WFP together with key partners undertook a nutrition assessment to establish the nutrition status of refugee children under 5 years of age.

Operational Updates

  • WFP’s R4 Rural Resilience Initiative has successfully registered and verified 12,200 smallholder farmers in the new operational districts of Gwembe, Mazabuka, Monze and Namwala in Southern Province of Zambia, covering a total of 65 camps.
    These registered farmers are targeted for conservation agriculture, savings, input credit and index insurance.

  • WFP’s Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA) team undertook a field visit to the Southern province of Zambia to assess potential aggregators in R4 districts, these districts are Namwala, Pemba,
    Gwembe, Monze and Mazabuka. The aggregator assessment was undertaken with the objective to empower smallholder farmers in their pursuit of enhanced livelihoods and incomes.

  • The National Food and Nutrition Commission, Ministry of Health and other food and nutrition service providers, WFP inclusive carried out a nutrition survey in Kenani Transit Centre from12 - 19 January 2018. The survey involved screening of children under five for Oedema, Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC), Height and Weight measurements of all children, girls and women of reproductive age. Some 2,520 households have been assessed and 323 refugees with nutrition challenges have been put on the supplementary feeding programme. Severely malnourished cases are referred to a Therapeutic Feeding Programme. Moderately malnourished cases are put on the supplementary feeding programme and provided with a take –home ration.

  • As of January 2018, 14,456 refugees have been registered in Kenani Transit Center in Nchelenge District of Zambia’s Luapula province. Eighty-one percent of the refugees are women and children.
    WFP is providing food distribution for the refugees in the transit camp.