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Southwest Stressed as poor households’ dependency on expensive maize meal increases

  • Key Message Update
  • Zambia
  • September 2015
Southwest Stressed as poor households’ dependency on expensive maize meal increases

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes are expected for most of the country through December. Poor households in southwestern districts (such as Sesheke and Shangombo) with below-average purchasing power due to above-average staple food prices, limited non-agricultural labor income and below-average prices for livestock will remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) through at least December. 

    • Retail maize grain prices remain lower on most markets than in September 2014, although prices in urban areas are higher despite adequate supplies of maize. Maize meal prices, though still stable, are expected to start gradually increasing by October which could reduce the purchasing power for market-dependent households.

    • Formal maize exports continue to increase due to strong regional demand, particularly from Zimbabwe and Malawi. August maize exports grew 11 percent between July and August to 105,184 MT, with most imports are destined for Zimbabwe, followed by Malawi. Informal exports to Tanzania and DRC remain slow, as farmers in northern Zambia started selling some of their maize to the Food Reserve Agency, attracted by the above-market K75/50 kg price. 


      For more detailed analysis, see the July to December 2015 Food Security Outlook for Zambia


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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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