WFP Zambia Country Brief, March 2021

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

48.73 mt food assistance distributed

US$ 1.5 million cash-based transfers made

US$ 338,348 six-month (May – October 2021) net funding requirements

300,080 people assisted in MARCH 2021

Operational Updates

On 31 March, WFP released its 2020 Annual Country Report.
Despite the challenging operational context worsened by COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, WFP assisted over 1 million people through cash transfers, food distributions and through smallholder support, nutrition improvement, capacity strengthening, and social protection interventions, contributing towards Zambia’s zero hunger agenda. More details can be found in the report.
In March, WFP assisted 300,080 people including 16,217 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo with food and cash assistance; 172,935 vulnerable urban residents under the COVID-19 cash assistance programme; 37,326 people through nutrition improvement interventions; 57,913 smallholder farmers through smallholder resilience and recovery interventions; and 15,689 people through social protection and capacity-strengthening activities.
WFP provided ZMW 30.1 million (about USD 1.4 million) in cash transfers to 34,587 households (172,935 people). Each household received ZMW 800 (USD 36.78) to cover its needs for two months. So far, over 56 percent (36,096 households or 180,480 people) of the targeted 64,415 households have received their full six-months entitlements of ZMW 2,400 (about USD 110.34), while 28,319 households (141,595 people) will receive their full entitlements by end of April.* On 23 March, WFP supported the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) in conducting a one-day workshop to validate and disseminate the findings of the Fill the Nutrient Gap Analysis (FNG). The workshop was attended by stakeholders from the Government, non-governmental organisations and donors. Inputs from the stakeholders will be incorporated into the FNG report to be disseminated widely during the National Nutrition Conference. WFP and the NFNC launched the FNG in 2020 to identify the barriers vulnerable populations face in accessing and consuming healthy and nutritious foods.
Following the the recruitment and training of nearly 500 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) in Maternal, Adolescent,
Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MAICYN) in 2020 by WFP and the Ministry of Health, in March 2021, WFP provided them 479 bicycles, 550 t-shirts, bags and ID cards to support the implementation of nutrition promotion activities in the targeted communities. The provided items will enable the CHVs to expand the reach in communities they will be supporting with nutrition Social and Behaviour Change Communication Campaign activities, targeting pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls and smallholder farmers in 12 districts (Chisamba, Chibombo, Kaoma, Kapiri-Mposhi,
Katete, Lundazi, Mazabuka, Monze, Mongu, Mumbwa, Nyimba and Petauke).
WFP supported the Ministry of Agriculture and the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute in developing guide for the production of drought-tolerant crops including cow peas, sorghum, cassava and orange maize. The guides will be used by extension staff and smallholder farmers to improve crop production and management. These initiatives will benefit over 100,000 smallholders under WFP’s early recovery interventions.
Following the rollout of the Food Tracking System (FTS) in 10 schools in Mumbwa District in 2020, WFP and the Ministry of General Education (MoGE) provided on-spot field support to the FTS focal point persons in the targeted schools. The provided support will enhance the utilisation and management of the FTS developed to track the movement of commodities from procurement to consumption. The MoGE will gradually extend the system to 12 districts to reach 120 schools during the year.
As part of ensuring effective management of hydroponics gardens set up in 2020 in 22 sites, WFP, working with the MoGE, re-trained 27 school hydroponics focal point persons from nine districts (Chibombo, Chisamba, Kaoma, KapiriMposhi, Kitwe, Mazabuka, Mongu, Monze and Mumbwa) in crop management and pest control and facilitated the sharing of best practices in hydroponics management. Since 2019,
WFP has been supporting MoGE in setting up hydroponics in schools to enhance nutrition education and promote vegetable production for diversified school meals.