Our work in Zambia
Our work in Zambia
Although Zambia is quiet on the political front, the economy has taken a battering with falling export prices and devaluation. Poverty levels and chronic malnutrition remain high, particularly in rural areas.
2015–2016 El Niño
Zambia is among the southern and eastern African countries feeling the devastating effects of the 2015–2016 El Niño.
Currently Concern is supporting the government’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to undertake a food security assessment, and also a food market assessment in the worst affected areas. Once the government calls for support then emergency drought support can start.
Cash transfers for the worst affected farmers are being planned for the months when they experience food shortages. A seed recovery support programme has provided seeds for planting to farmers for the 2015–16 cereal cropping season. These farmers had produced little yield due to limited rainfall, from the previous harvest.
We helped 32,671 people secure a living by providing skills training and the results have been very successful. People who participated in our projects have seen their incomes increase by over 19%. Our projects include training in new farming techniques, better access to markets, honey production, fish and poultry farming.
HIV and AIDS
We provided support and services for 2,049 people living with HIV, while also developing the skills of organisations working with in this field. We helped establish 20 support groups, which started vegetable and herb gardens to provide members dietary supplements and herbal remedies.
We started working with local charity partners on HIV projects, promoting voluntary counselling and treatment for young people, raising awareness through drama, training and anti-stigma clubs.
1,722 households received cash grants to replace items lost in the floods, giving them the choice to decide what to buy. We also trained 3,178 households in new farming techniques and distributed seeds and tools to more than 19,000 people.
Concern also helped communities clear canals, reducing their vulnerability to flash floods and opening up new land for cultivation.
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