WFP Zambia Country Brief, September 2019

from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Sep 2019 View Original

In Numbers

223,285 metric tons of food distributed

US$ 40 million for six months (October 2019 – March 2020) net funding requirements)

13,526 refugees assisted in September 2019

Operational Updates

Drought Response: During the 2018/2019 farming season, the southern half of Zambia experienced drought conditions, resulting in significant crop losses and poor harvests. As a result, an estimated 2.3 million people in 58 districts, representing 25 percent of the rural population, are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. In response to the emergency, WFP prepared a drought response plan in September to buy 22,676 mt of pulses for distribution in 31 districts. Using its logistics expertise, WFP will deliver 38,475 mt of maize meal to 13 affected districts and provide market monitoring services in selected emergency cash transfer districts. The total cost of WFP’s response is US$40 million.

School feeding: As part of providing technical assistance to the Ministry of General Education (MoGE) to transition and reform the Home-Grown School Meals (HGSM) programme, WFP supported the deployment process of the Food Tracking System (FTS) at the Government National Data Centre. Once fully functional, the FTS will assist MoGE’s entire food supply chain, from monitoring food movement to delivery and consumption. The FTS will help to enhance accountability and efficiency in the delivery of food items. It is expected to undergo testing and roll-out in October and November, respectively.

To improve access to nutritious food amongst school children, WFP together with Self Help Africa and the Government of Zambia, implemented the HGSM programme in six districts of Central and Eastern provinces. WFP concluded the implementation of the programme in September as part of the transition to full government ownership. Over 225,000 learners in sixty schools were reached with school meals and over 1,000 smallholder farmers were provided with a ready market for their vegetables, beans and cow peas.

Hydroponics vegetable gardens: Inadequate dietary diversity is one of the main causes of stunting in Zambia, and as such WFP explores sustainable initiatives to contribute to improved nutrition. In September, WFP launched its first hydroponics gardens in the country to promote the production and consumption of vegetables in schools and communities. The technology will be introduced in schools and communities to promote good nutrition.