• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
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  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 1,600,000 People in Need [?]
  • 1,400,000 Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3 [?]
  • 200,000 Severe humanitarian conditions - Level 4 [?]



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.?

Latest Developments


No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis 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.