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Zambia food security update

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)

September 2005

SARPN acknowledges FEWSNET as the source of this document - www.fews.net
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Contents

  • Food Relief Update
  • Preparation for the 2005/06 Season
  • Market Analysis
  • Maize Supply and Cross-Border Trade
Summary and implications

Humanitarian assistance for the 1,232,661 vulnerable people identified by the vulnerability assessment committee (VAC) has been slow since July 2005. Preparations for the next agricultural season are well underway, and most inputs are available though inaccessible for the majority of the small scale farmers. Meanwhile, maize prices are increasing as expected at this time, and an increased demand should fuel further price increases later in the marketing season. Informal maize imports from Tanzania have increased this year, while exports to DRC have decreased. The Ministry of Finance has removed the 15 percent duty on maize imports, which should improve the flow of maize imports.



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