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WFP Zambia Country Brief, April 2022

Publication date

In Numbers

8.58 mt food assistance distributed

US$ 134,924 cash-based transfers made

US$ 458,727 six-month (May – October 2022) net funding requirements

118,395 people assisted In April 2022

Operational Updates

In April, WFP assisted 118,395 people through its saving lives and changing lives interventions implemented across Zambia.
Among the assisted, 17,999 refugees and asylum seekers received cash transfers and in-kind food assistance; 18,828 beneficiaries were reached through nutrition improvement interventions; 43,282 people were reached through the smallholder resilience and market access interventions; and 38,286 were assisted under the social protection and capacity strengthening interventions.

Refugees support: In April, WFP introduced ration cuts for the 18,000 refugees and asylum seekers at the WFPsupported Mantapala Refugee Settlement in Nchelenge district. The ration cuts were introduced due to funding challenges. WFP needs an additional USD 727,029 to provide full rations to the affected populations between May and December 2022.

School feeding: As part of systems strengthening to the Government, WFP supported the Ministry of Education (MoE) to train 95 school focal persons in four districts (Gwembe, Ikelenge, Lufwanyama and Sinazongwe) to manage the Food Tracking System (FTS). The FTS is a web-based system developed for the ministry to track the movement of commodities from procurement to consumption, ensuring improved commodity accountability in the Home-Grown School Meals programme implemented by the Government in 70 districts targeting over two million school children. So far,
WFP has supported MoE to roll out the FTS in 144 schools in 14 districts. The FTS provides real time data visualization to users and managers at all levels (school, district, province and national), allowing transparent and efficient management and monitoring of food allocated to the schools.

Smallholder market access support: WFP continued to implement initiatives aimed at enhancing market access among smallholder farmers. During the month under review,
WFP facilitated three workshops in Chipata, Kabwe and Livingstone districts to equip 33 aggregators with knowledge on becoming WFP’s pulse suppliers under its local pulse procurement initiative. The workshop sessions included a brief on the 2022/2023 crop marketing outlook, commodity management and price negotiations.

Nutrition support: Working with the ministries of Health and Education and the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC), WFP trained 144 government and cooperating partners’ staff (52 percent women) on the rollout of the Healthy Diets Campaign in the community health centres and schools.
The trainings targeted district staff from 12 districts across four provinces (Central, Eastern, Southern and Western). The trainings were designed to strengthen the capacities of staff in implementing the campaign, a nationwide health and nutrition promotion initiative implemented by the Government with WFP support to help consumers make better food choices and stimulate demand for nutritious food. Meanwhile, using over 100 community-based volunteers and four camp extension staff, over 2,000 people received nutrition messages in Mazabuka district.

Under the second phase of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN II) programme, WFP facilitated rollout trainings on post-harvest loss management, food processing and preservation, savings for change and entrepreneurial skills, with 112 extension staff trained in the 17 districts where it implements the SUN II programme. The trained staff will in turn train community members.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the NFNC, WFP trained 14 artisans and six MoA technical services staff in Kaoma, Katete, Mazabuka, Monze, Mumbwa and Petatuke districts on how to make and market solar food dryers to the savings groups, farmer groups and aggregators. WFP also facilitated the engagement of communities in sixteen agricultural camps in Eastern and Western provinces to create awareness and promote the adoption of solar dryers to enhance food processing and preservation.