A total of 798,948 people in Zambia will need relief food for a period of eight months following poor harvests caused by erratic rains, an assessment report released on Friday said.
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The Zambia Vulnerability Assessment report has revealed that residents of 48 districts in six of the country’s 10 provinces will require eight-month food assistance, starting from August to next March.

Deputy Minister in the Vice-President’s Office responsible for disasters, Stephen Kampyongo, said during the release of the report in the capital Lusaka that 53,242 tons of relief food will be provided during the period.
The provinces where people are suffering from hunger include Central, Eastern, Luapula, Southern, Northwestern and Western.

The official further said the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit will provide farming inputs for 45,000 households in districts hit by prolonged dry spells.

Zambia sees erratic rains during the 2014/2014 season, which has not only affected the agriculture sector but electricity generation following low water levels at the country’s reservoirs. Enditem

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