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Planting delayed in eastern and central Zambia

  • Key Message Update
  • Zambia
  • December 2014
Planting delayed in eastern and central Zambia

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes are expected to continue up to March. The good 2014 harvest have ensured that many rural households consume from own stocks longer than usual reducing demand on the market.  Consequently, the lean season is expected to remain milder than usual. 

    • Maize and meal prices that have recently remained stable but above average have now reached the previous season’s levels. The continued stable market supply, low market demand and exports are expected to maintain price stability through January. Government may consider selling FRA maize below 70 ZMW/50 kg, which could result in continued stable prices up to March.

    • The start of season has delayed by several weeks in the central and eastern parts of the country. This situation, coupled with late payment of farmers who have sold maize to the Food Reserve Agency, will likely result in late planting. Consequently, yields may be reduced due to a shortened growing season and reduced access to inputs.


      For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for October to March.


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    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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