CSOS concerned on government’s failure to declare food insecurity situation a disaster

The Zambian Humanitarian Actors Platform (ZHAP) and Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN) have expressed concern that the household food insecurity situation has not yet been declared a disaster and that the level of effort to respond by government is well below capacity.

The organisations say according to the Vulnerability Assessment statistics in the 2019 VAC report by DMMU, 58 districts are facing acute food insecurity.

It notes that by October 2019, the affected households will be more than 2.3 million people in need of emergency support.

They have cited misplaced investments in adaptation and mitigation as the key challenges in addressing such effects of Climate Change.

The csos add that time and again, the National Budget has not adequately addressed sustainable development interventions that are climate smart particularly in the agro-ecological and the agriculture sector.

The CSOS state that Minimal investments are channeled to priorities like preparedness and resilience building compared to more than 60% spent on the FISP and FRA

By: Mumba Tailashi

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