Crisis Severity The severity score from 1 to 5 is based on 31 indicators aggregated into 3 pillars (impact, conditions, and complexity)2.30 Very lowVery high 5
Impact This measures the impact of the crisis itself, in terms of the scope of its geographical, and human effects.1.70 Very lowVery high 5
Humanitarian Conditions This measures the conditions and status of the people affected, including info about the distribution of severity.3.00 Very lowVery high 5
Complexity This measures the complexity of the crisis, in terms of factors that affect its mitigation or resolution.1.60 Very lowVery high 5
Access Constraints This measures the level of humanitarian access constraints.No constraintsExtreme constraints
Zambia: drought in the Southern province
Zambia has been affected by the wave of food insecurity surging across southern African countries especially triggered by drought. A significant rainfall deficit since the end of 2018 has resulted in decreased agricultural production. Consequently, households are sharply depleting food stocks and are increasingly dependent on market purchases, driving up prices of staple foods such as maize.?Previous drought, especially in 2015/2016 and 2017/2018, have increased people’s vulnerabilities to food shortage Floods and insects are frequently reported in Zambia, further contributing to loss of crops and reduced food harvests. These factors combined have resulted in chronic undernutrition and poverty.?Reoccurring dry spells are also resulting in limited access to clean drinking water for people and animals as boreholes dry out and groundwater levels decrease.?As of March 2020, around 9 million people out of Zambia's 16.4 million total population are projected in need of humanitarian assistance at various levels.?
No significant recent humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team.
Information Gaps and Needs
- Lack of detailed information on severity of needs in affected districts.
- Geographical breakdown of current and future food security estimates are lacking.