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Title:Household food security and nutrition in the Luapula valley, Zambia
Authors:Callens, K.
Phiri, E.C.
Periodical:Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:food policy
rural households
Abstract:In the Luapula valley of northern Zambia, rates of chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are unacceptably high. A participatory rural appraisal found that nutritional vulnerability is a result, amongst others, of chronic household food insecurity, resulting from insufficient access to agricultural land, lack of diversity of food crop production and poor postharvest practices. In April 1997 an integrated five-year project focusing on household food security and nutrition was initiated. Within the Luapula valley, the project's target area includes the Kawambwa, Mwense, Nchelenge, and Chienge (formerly part of Nchelenge) districts. The project's training programme includes gender analysis, participatory approaches, and various technical subjects. The project follows a community action planning strategy in which the community members fully participate in the planning process and take the lead in determining needs, identifying solutions, initiating actions, and monitoring progress. After setting priorities and plans of action, the communities develop microprojects, which have included community-managed oil-palm nurseries, seed multiplication groups, farmers' field schools, small-scale migration and dry season vegetable gardening, school gardening in conjunction with nutrition education, and water user groups. Sum. in English, French and Spanish.