Zambian farmers have little in reserve to cope with the current crisis following last year's maize production fell by a quarter, after severe flooding hit southern and eastern Zambia.
In the south, many Zambians are collecting, selling and eating wild foods just to get by. Others have resorted to crop/stealing and poaching.
Even when the rural hungry can afford to buy food, Zambia's low population density means they have to make an exhausting journey on foot over tens of kilometres just to reach the marketplace
Zambia has one of the lowest population densities in the region, and thus distances to markets are greater than neighbouring countries. This, combined with the poor state of roads in some areas, restricts trade
HIV/AIDS pandemic, which is particularly severe in Zambia with 20 percent rates, results in very high numbers of widows and orphans. Nearly every community assessed by the mission indicated these people to be among the most vulnerable in the village
HIV/AIDS adversely affects the economy by reducing the number of active labour force, and increasing the number of dependent widows and orphans both in rural and urban areas of Zambia
Despite its vast land resources of 75 million hectares, Zambia suffers from a relatively high incidence of povertyAccording to the UNDP World Development Report, Zambia is one of the poorest African countries / 63 percent of people live on US$1 or less per dayThe Rome United Nations agency based in Rome, the World Food Programme, currently feeding 1.3 million people, will expand its activities as part of a regional emergency operation which was launched in July.
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