WFP Zambia Country Brief, November 2018

from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Nov 2018

352.3 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 5.9m (December to May) six months net funding requirements

176,611 people assisted in November 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP received funding from Irish Aid for the expansion of Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) activities into Southern, Central and Western provinces of Zambia. The initial scoping mission is scheduled to take place in December 2018. The purpose of the mission is to introduce SBN to the districts, identify partners who can work with the network in undertaking SBN nutrition activities and identify challenges and opportunities in the expansion of the network.
The funding will run for five years and will contribute towards the launch of the Healthy Diet and Good Food logo campaigns.

• WFP engaged the Crushers and Edible Oil Refiners Association (CEDORA) in identifying potential edible oil producers and suppliers in Zambia, for potential exports to WFP operations in the East and Southern Africa region.
It is expected that the exercise will be concluded in the first quarter of 2019.

• Following the approval and subsequent funding by SIDA of the project proposal “Promoting the Production and Consumption of Nutritious Foods through an Integrated Multi-Sectoral Approach”, WFP undertook a scoping mission in 12 districts in the Eastern, Central, Southern and Western provinces of Zambia.

The project implementation framework is structured around enhancing nutrition education, promoting diversified nutrition diets, enhancing synergies and fostering Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC), increasing access to predictable markets as well as promoting post-harvest management technologies.

Further, the project is designed to address nutrition knowledge gaps, promote good feeding practices, advance diversified agriculture, and facilitate access to viable and functional markets.

• To mainstream nutrition through the Home-Grown School Meals (HGSM) programme and impact knowledge, attitudes and practices of school children and sustain the established school gardens, WFP is supporting the installation of solar irrigation equipment in 10 schools in Mumbwa district. The school gardens are used as teaching aids and demonstration sites for nutrition education and practical agricultural learning in the schools, with the aim of exposing 11,000 school children to nutrition messages and agricultural skills training.