Zambia was affected by prolonged dry spells during the 2017/2018 rainy season leading to a critical drop in crop production and high levels of food insecurity.

Up to 610,000 people will face IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) and 4 (Emergency) between July and September 2018. Eastern, Western, and Southern provinces are most affected. Over 954,000 people are expected to experience IPC Phase 3 and 4 between October 2018 and March 2019. Compared to 77,000 reported as food insecure in 2017, this represents an increase of almost 1150%.

Food insecurity due to natural disasters is frequently reported in Zambia but this year results are among the highest in the last five years. The country continues to suffer from chronic undernutrition and poverty. Over 40% of the population faces chronic malnutrition.?

INFORM measures Zambia's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be medium, at 4.1/10. Lack of coping capacity and vulnerability are of particular concern at 5.8/10 and 5.9/10, respectively. ?

Latest Developments

29/04: No significant recent humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team. 

Key priorities

Food: Majority of affected districts report poor (20%) and borderline (35%) food consumption score, with Mulobezi, Sesheke, Lunga, Samfya, Zimba, Limulunga and Mwandi most affected.

Livelihoods: Farming and crop sales remain the main livelihood source around the country. A decrease in crop production is likely to lead to livelihood disruption and selling of livestock.

WASH: Up to 40% of the affected population use unsafe water sources (boreholes, unprotected wells, river or lakes). Only 32% report treating water. 16% of the affected population has no sanitation facility on premises.

Information Gaps and needs

Lack of detailed information on severity of needs in affected districts.