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WFP Zambia Country Brief, April 2020

Country: Zambia Source: World Food Programme In Numbers 7,134.7 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 39 m six months (April-September 2020) net funding requirements.
325,850 m people assisted in April 2020 Operational Updates Following the COVID-19 outbreak and the containment measures undertaken by the Government of Zambia, WFP is ensuring that its activities continue by putting in place preventative measures for the assisted people, and WFP and cooperative partners staff. These measures include implementing two-month rations to reduce the frequency of food distributions, spacing out distributions to avoid congestion, installing handwashing facilities, and providing protective equipment for staff such as face masks and gloves. With support from United Nations agencies and other stakeholders, the Government has articulated strategies to respond to the emergency outbreak in its National MultiSectoral COVID-19 Contingency and Response Plan. In line with this plan and based on its organizational experience in delivering humanitarian assistance in both urban and rural settings, WFP will respond to food insecurity through cash programming for low-income people in urban and periurban areas, market monitoring and on-demand logistics services for food and non-food items. The implementation of cash transfers for low-income earners is expected to start in May. Since December, WFP has been supporting the Government in responding to the needs generated by prolonged dry spells during the 2018/2019 farming season, which left about 2.3 million people food-insecure and in need of food assistance. Since the start of the drought response, WFP has delivered over 3,290 mt of governmentsupplied maize meal and over 4,700 mt of WFP-procured beans and peas, reaching some 622,000 people out of the 615,000 planned in the 16 prioritized districts. In 2020, WFP continues to provide food assistance to some 14,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are settled at Mantapala Refugee Settlement in Luapula Province. However, in April, WFP was forced to halve the entitlements for the first time due to funding constraints. Full entitlements will resume as soon as additional funding is secured. In April, WFP, together with the Ministry of Health, conducted a robust social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) campaign for refugees on the importance of good nutrition and a diverse diet. This approach aims to promote the preparation and consumption of nutritious and healthy food, while also laying the ground for the roll-out of the cash-based transfers for refugees scheduled for May.

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