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ZAMBIA Humanitarian Dashboard As of 17 December 2019

More than 2.3 million people are expected to be severely food insecure during the lean season (October 2019 – March 2020) in Zambia, according to the latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, with four districts—Sioma, Lunga, Shang’ombo and Gwembe—classified as Emergency (IPC Phase 4). The devastating combination of prolonged and severe drought in the Western and Southern provinces of Zambia over the last two rainy seasons (2017 and 2018), and floods in the north, has led to increased hunger. The 2018-2019 rainfall season was one of the poorest that the southern half of Zambia has faced since 1981, according to the Zambia Meteorological Department, negatively impacting crop production and consequently food availability and food access. Pest infestations and livestock disease outbreaks, including foot-and-mouth disease and fall armyworm, have further aggravated the situation, and 58 districts have registered a significant decline in maize production, the main staple food item in Zambia, according to the Zambia Vulnerability Assessment Committee (VAC) report. 

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
20 Dec 2019
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