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The latest Global Hunger Index, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute has found that Zambia is the third hungriest nation on the planet.

The Hunger Index ranks countries based on undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting (low weight for height) and child stunting (low height for age).

The 2016 report ranked 118 developing countries with Zambia third from last, only better than the Central African Republic and Chad.

It showed that nearly half the population in Zambia and the Central African Republic and one in three people in Chad, are undernourished.

The index shows that hunger levels are “alarming” in seven countries, with Central African Republic (CAR), Chad and Zambia experiencing the worst levels.

The index further shows that Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest hunger levels, followed closely by South Asia.

“Too many people are hungry today. There is a need for urgent, thoughtful and innovative action to ensure that no one ever goes hungry again,” said David Nabarro, special adviser to the U.N. secretary-general on the SDGs.

Haiti, reeling from last week’s Hurricane Matthew and still recovering from a massive 2010 earthquake, has the fourth highest hunger score.

“Countries must accelerate the pace at which they are reducing hunger” if they are to meet the 2030 target, Shenggen Fan, director general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), said in a statement.

“Ending global hunger is certainly possible, but it’s up to all of us … (to) set the priorities right to ensure that governments, the private sector and civil society devote the time and resources necessary,” Fan added.

It showed that 47.8% of the Zambian people are undernourished while 6.3% of Zambia children under five are wasting and that stunting in children under five years still stands at 40 percent and under five mortality rate is 6.4 percent.

Editor’s Note

Details and methodology used can be found at the website below

http://ghi.ifpri.org/

GHI Scores 2016

 

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    • How did PF turn Zambia into a nasty reverse miracle in 5 years? From lower middle income country in 2010 to the hungriest country in the World in 2016? And the slum dwellers are celebrating that ifintu ni Lungu! This is just the beginning. I always knew that PF was incapable of running a country. Sata himself confirmed this by calling his Cabinet as iPFipuba. Now let’s enjoy the poverty that PF brought to Zambia. Sontapo!

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    • ZNBC please let this be among the top stories on the 19hrs main news though i know it can’t never. Had it been the other way round (i.e. Zambia’s economy is the third fastest growing country on earth) Kambwili would have been all over the corridors of ZNBC and this story alone could have taken 10-15minutes. In the meantime more volume as we start to Dununa Reverse the Dundumwezi way

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    • Dununa!! everybody goes forward but Zambian PF going reverse… #3 in relegation of hunger zone.
      Next year Zambia won’t even make it on hunger index list, with those fuel prices??? Ni mwachuleni.

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    • This is sad very sad. We need to educate people that food is not only nshima but also kandolo , pumpkins, dry vegetables etc.
      Suprisingly even people with ample space in their backyards cannot grow their own vegetables or fruits but would rather rush to the market for simple things like tomatoes and vegetables.
      People need to learn alternative diets look at Asia with rich a Quisine with ingredients found even in Africa. Just Okra can be prepared in many ways yet in zambia its only soda that will do!
      We are lazy period! Came on go and pray to end hunger ! Because thats what you know best thereafter go and beg for aid! Whilst your pastors and politicians travel in private jets asking for your votes and tithe!

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    • We have been invited to go and pray in the forest tomorrow. After that hunger will disappear. Next year perhaps we will asked to pray from the sky or a lake..kaya.

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    • Its all because of the incompetent, illegal and visionless PF of Edgar. This is just about hunger or rather njala inyokola! Wait for the poverty line up, wow ? under Edgar of blind and violent PF, people will look like they are consuming and applying petrol.
      This is the so called “dununa reverse” by bringing hunger, poverty and suffering, thanks to PF bandits! Enjoy the intro.

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    • How possible is that when Zambia is feeding DRC, Malawi and Zimbabwe??? Zimbabwe is even ranked higher than chagwa, really???,,, am shocked

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    • Who ever wrote this report has a hidden agenda. Not a political one but to get donor aid into Zambia. This is how NGOS survive. So do not take it as gospel truth. Remember they one said by 2010 the world population will drop due to AIDS. In which country did it drop.

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    • Really!!! We are in a mess, just wait. We will be more hungry and wasting in a few days to come with these subsidies.

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    • QUOTE: “The Hunger Index ranks countries based on UNDERNOURISHMENT, child mortality, child wasting (low weight for height) and child stunting (low height for age).”

      I think we are somewhat missing the point here. The problem with the Zambian DIET is its SINGULARITY in form and not necessarily the ABSENCE of food. We have ENOUGH food to feed everybody adequately but it is mostly all a product of CORN (starch) and not much else. This is where UNDERNOURISHMENT comes in. Even a diet consisting of TOO MUCH MEAT (protein) and far lower in other areas would qualify as an UNDER NOURISHING DIET.

      This is the case with Zambia. We seem to have forgotten or, at the least, run away from some of our TRADITIONAL DIETS that consisted of a VARIETY and RANGE of FOODSTUFFS which are paramount to a…

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    • continue:

      … good and health diet. MUGAIWA porridge in the morning, MUGAIWA Nshima for lunch, and again MUGAIWA Nshima for dinner would STUNT any child. And most sources of Protein (Meat, Eggs, Dairy, Fish, etc) in Zambia are extremely expensive and not readily available to most average Citizens. Not to mention other sources of nutrients such as plant based (Fruits, Vegetables and legumes.)

      All the successive Govts, starting with Kaunda’s UNIP, OVEREMPHASIZED MAIZE (cash crop) cultivation and not much else. And the result of that focus is what we are now seeing MANIFESTING itself into a mostly MONO-DIET for the Country. Hence the UNDERNOURISHMENT being reported here. My take!

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    • But Chagwa giving food to his bastard father Mugabe so how can Zambia lack food? Nshima running away to uganda. You ain’t see nothing yet.

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    • @ Tulandeko

      What you know about Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia? Living in the past or consoling yourself? Look at the reality instead of looking for excuses.

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    • Nonsense of things. We feed Malawi, DRC, Zimbabwe, even SA and her friends are feeding on Zedian food and you want to tell us this? Anyway, NGOs have to find something to report about, right!

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    • Another WHO report says an average Zambian consumes less than 10 liters of milk per year or none at all in some cases instead of a healthy average of 100 liters plus per year. The best way to assess the levels of hunger in a home is to look at three things: the bin, the dogs and the children.

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    • @Tulandeko
      Ethiopia in recent years is economically performing better than Zambia. Have you seen the massive infrastructural development (high quality roads, storied buildings & airports) they have put up of late at minimal loans? Not comparable to Zambia, Addis Ababa is bigger , better built & cleaner than yo dirty Lusaka.

      South Sudan rich in oil except the raging war that makes them poor. Yes Somalia is ravaged by war but remember there are rich Somali businessmen in Zambia running successful businesses like Filling Stations. Their original source of money was not from Zambia but their own Country probably through Ship pirating!

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    • Where is Haiti? Where is Malawi, South Sudan? Chad?Central African Republic?
      This report is not accurate.

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    • In all fairness, this statistics is very very crazy. It reminds me of years back when I was pursuing my course in International Relations in Paris and a similar statistics came out though this was saying a child dies of malaria every minute in Africa. Meanwhile, there was a demonstration on one of Paris’ main roads called Saint Michel. As we were in class that time, one of my African students from Ghana asked the Lecturer to statistical tell us how many people were demonstrating to which he said he did not know because he was not there. My colleague then asked the Lecturer how whoever came with the numbers on children deaths in Africa reached on his statistics since they never visited every country in Africa? This is similar to this story. I am a UPND Member but I cannot blame it on the…

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    • Cont’d .,….it on the PF and its Government. I blame it on the Western media who always try to show to the world that Africa and certain countries do not mean well. This story is utter nonsense. Let’s quiz this Organization to provide more details on how they reached at this.

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  1. Lies, Lies and more Lies
    That survey was funded by sympathisers of UPND, to discredit the good work the PF government has done in the past 5 years.
    Take it with a chunk of salt guys

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    • It is funny how UPND and HH rule Zambia from their homes! Lungu and PF are supposedly clueless about Zambia despite them wielding instruments of power. No wonder PF is so vicious because being in power is meaningless for them.

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    • @Radha Desai I agree with you it’s not PF’s fault, they only came into power in 2011! It’s Guy Scott’s fault he was the architect of Donchi Kubeba!

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    • MB travel you will see what has been reported. Just drive to any part of this other than Southern Province, you will definitely agree more with this report. Let’s take this report as a “check” on our nation, we are really doing bad.

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    • Ba JJ – I hope you know that Southern Province is not the breadbasket of Zambia anymore. This is just a useless report sponsored by the opposition – how can Zambia, which is exporting food to Malawi and Zimbabwe be hungrier than the two recipients of our food? Useless report – no news here.

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  2. Even though I am not a fan of PF govt, I don’t believe this report. Honestly, can countries like Eritrea, Somalia, Haiti, Yemen have more food than Zambia? Next door in Malawi and Zim, people have been starving and been relying on relief food. Zambia has even exported some to them.

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    • Zambia under PF is quite willing to export food while Zambians are starving. Remember Sata gifting fuel to Malawi and even paying Zimbabwe’s share of loan repayments for Kariba? That is how daft PF are.

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    • @ Radha Desai and, The Chosen One you will not believe this report because like me, you both are not in Zambia and those surveyed have neither the facilities nor privilege to even access the report as you and me. Believing you both are where you are because you’re privileged should not make you argue against those who did the survey and Zambians feeling the effects and who contributed data to the report. Haiti suffers hurricanes but does recover from the devastation and with Eritrean wars both may have better policies on food security and its distribution! In Zambia food is only good for politicking and not availability to every citizen thus the Zambian government should instead take great interest in such reports to correct that which is wrong!

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    • Chosen One.. I think the report looks at inflation of food stuff, and availability of food. Just check the inflation of Eritrea, Somalia etc

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  3. It is true. We have been eating infrastructure. When we are hungry or the dollar goes up, we just pray.

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  4. The last President to manage Zambians well was Mwanawasa, after Mwanawasa we have had no sane President. We need to pray Zambia is heading for doom.

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  5. WHERE IS NDANJE KHAKIS AND HIS FELLOW MINIONS. PF CADRES PLEASE CAN YOU SONTAPO OLO LIMBI NI DUNUNA MU NJALA KIKIKIKIKI PATHETIC USELESS GOVERNMENT WITH A MAD PRESIDENT WHO THINKS PRAYERS WILL BRING ABOUT DEVELOPMENT. EVEN GOD SAYS HELP YOURSELF. LAZY PILLOCKS. ZAMBIANS HOPE YOU LEARNING LESSON. YOU THOUGHT HH WANTED PRESIDENCY FOR HIS GAIN WHEN THE MAN’S NETWORTH IS PROBABLY MORE THAN ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT KIKI

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    • I don’t see anything wrong with prayers unless if you are a satanic it is only one day of the whole nation to pray together, forgive one another like I have forgiven you above for calling the president lazy when he is a hard working man

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    • I am sure the Church of Lungu will be looking for signs that their payers have been accepted tomorrow. I would suggest that they look for signs from the latest BoZ quarterly report and CSO latest report. All indicators are down. PF are the darkness of the World!

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  6. If this is true, then it should make HH even sadder. Despite these statistics, majority of Zambians still dont want him!

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    • Zambians are like the Jews who chose the thief Barrabas over Jesus. HH may indeed weap for Zambia.

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  7. Maybe they are looking at how many people eat pizzas and shawamas because I don’t believe that we are starving here report something else please.

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  8. PRACTICALLY ZAMBIANS ARE NOT AS HUNGRY AS REPORTED. IF THEY SAID ZIMBABWE I WOULD HAVE AGREED NOT BECAUSE I AM A ZAMBIAN. THERE IS MORE HUNGER IN ZIMBABWE THAN IN ZAMBIA. WE WANT A POLITICAL STATEMENT TO REBUFF THIS LIE. I AM A UPND SUPPORTER BUT I CAN NOT SUPPORT THIS S.H.I.T OF A REPORT. GO TO SUDAN AND YOU WILL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUNGRY.

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  9. It’s true Zambia has always ranked at the bottom rung of the most impoverished nations on earth. It’s a testimony of the pathetic and unbelievably poor leadership. Most people are shocked to learn that a nation so richly endowed with natural wealthy can at the same time hold the title of the most poor.

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  10. This is really sad. So embarrassing considering we have so much water and good weather. We could grow so much food but we don’t.

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    • You cannot grow your own food when Lungu and his inner circle spends all their time sneering at farmers as bakachema.

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  11. This report is not true. Honestly speaking,do you believe countries like Zimbabwe,Malawi,South Sudan,Ethiopia,Somali,Eritrea are better than Zambia? Upnd and their partners will do everything to discredit Zambia. Let it be known to them that Zambian are not dull,we know who is behind this useless report.

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    • I am UPND but I don’t believe this report. I think let’s debate the report without politicising it. Insinuating that UPND colluded with the organisation that authored the report is cheap propaganda.

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    • It is funny how an opposition party can rule Zambia without having instruments of power. This is an acknowledgement of how weak and disorganized PF are. Blame all their PFollies on UPND.

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  12. Are these reaserches realistic in nature? Did they collect data allowance over the country side or just gone to few places and rank Zambia/Africa the hungriest country!!.
    Aren’t these people jealous of democracy that prevail in the country?

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  13. Whoever compiled this report is far from truth. How can an hungry nation feed Congo DR, Malawi, Zimbabwe to mention some. In Somali pipo are dead because of hunger now how man Zambians have died of hungers? We know these are Zambian NGOs asking for more money. Yes there is shortage of food but not to that extent. Tell us those areas where the survey was conducted.. Believe me even Nigeria has more hungrier pipo than zambia

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  14. There is nothing wrong with praying to God together. ECL is trying his best to bring down the cost of living in Zambia, am sure if he could force the cost of living down, he would have done so already. Not even this small self proclaimed unpd god would have managed.

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    • Lungu brought up the cost of living by blowing 10 billion US with no backup plan.
      And he is still failing to bring down the cost of living….

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  15. what’s confusing me is Zambia being ranked last 3…where is Zimbabwe,congo,malawi… Mozambique,even Botswana where we are supplying them food….where are all these countries because last i checked we are feeding them all…is it possible we can starve our own country in order for these countries to be fed…. anyway that’s thier survey im sure they know better but last i checked Zambia is shining amongst other countries but that’s non of my business…..Breaker

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  16. people only know lusaka, living stone and the copper belt but when you travel outside you see the real zambia these politicians are rubbish ………we`ve got enough food we need to make it affordable an share it

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  17. One VISION-LESS LEADER even pronounced “There’s nothing to be fixed. All is well”

    Plenty VISION-LESS CADRES danced to a Styopet song as they celebrated even as their hunger worsened, fuel price increased, load-shedding became unbearable & salaries got delayed.

    Let them continue singing, they’ll feel better.
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse
    Dununa-dununa eeye, dununa reverse

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  18. by 2017 it may be number 1. we do not hold our leaders responsible, they are more of masters, we remain docile even when abuse is apparent. Wake Up Zambians
    As Pro PLO Lumumba puts it ‘u cant leave wolves to look after goats and expect good results’

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  19. Its not about eating everyday…..please people its eating nshima and rape everyday is what is wrong…..most of you with your tuma pot bellies you think its milile….its under nourishment

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  20. My personal take on this after reading through all these comments above is that Zambian never use their minds to think. Honestly, you think such international reports are made by asking two from the street? When you do better, you celebrate about the same report, when you don’t , you doubt it. I think it’s not about your personal opinion about Zimbabwe or Eritrea, or Ethiopia etc, the truth is given the criteria which applied to all the 118 counties, Zambia is worse than all except two! so, what are we going to do about it instead about politicising as usual.

    Zambias, kaale bwaacha, maybe its time for us to wake up too

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  21. And you have Zambians jostling to greet there President at a Mall. And tomorrow pretending to pray, for what for more hunger. Fat Pastors will be available to pray for hungry children eating from the bins what a shame. Visit Joshua Banda or Pukuta Mwanza’s homes you will be surprised that Zambia is the most hungry nation on earth what a shame.

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  22. I doubt the accuracy of this report. Zambia has been exporting food to all the neighbours and they say we are the third hungriest in the world? Mmmmmmm. ….we should not believe everything that these chaps throw at us.

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    • You can export all food you want but it doesn’t make you a good eater. This report tells you that even the countries you export food to eat better than you. We simply don’t know how to eat well.

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  23. This report is pure drivel! What hunger are these guys talking about when we have experienced two successive bumper maize harvests and are even exporting the surplus to countries with food deficits in this part of Africa? Just what is their measure of hunger and what is the source of their data? This is what destroys the credibility of some of these organizations.

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    • And where’s Malawi which has always been ‘hungrier’ than Zambia? Malawi DRC and Zimbabwe are waiting for food from Zambia

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  24. The report was just hijacked by selfish politicians,it is not possible Zambia to be number three . where do u place countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and even Syria where people are fighting

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  25. This same report always comes out before national prayers. It is the 2nd time it is coming out this year. It has been debunked by credible institutions already and UN agencies like FAO & WFP have already done their own research and they have issued more credible reports that show that in the sub continent only Zambia & Tanzania are food surplus countries. Even our own IPARI has confirmed this. The truth is also on the ground for people to see. Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique & Namibia have declared national disasters. Zambia has been blessed with bumper harvest & the devil wants to discourage us from our thanksgiving prayers to the LORD tomorrow. Satan you were defeated a long time ago on Calvary. Go to Hell!

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  26. this report is truthful and less biased than znbc.
    Just go tp chawama shoplite and ask for a 25kg bag of roller meal.
    You will be tald that pf istructed them not to be stocking 25kgs bags as majority of the people cant afford to buy.
    We can have more maize in the country but people are too poor to affot to buy.
    Poverty is as a result of poor purchasing power. Zimbabwe is buying food not only from zambia but world over because of the purchsing power parity which we dont have here. Poverty is real in zambia banene.

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    • I cringe when I see such poor arguments. You don’t have to be convinced that Zimbabwean economy is a fraction of Zambia’s. It is a fact. You don’t have to be convinced that Zambia has more food than Zimbabwe. That’s a fact too. You know what? All this has been possible through prayers to God Almighty. And that is a fact too. No matter how much you deny & try to bring in falsehoods. The living God answered our prayers last year. He will answer our prayers again in 2016 in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. You’re better off being on the Lord’s side than fighting Him. You can never win!

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    • The chosen one.

      If you think zambias economy is bigger than Zimbabwes you are dillusional. As battered and run down as it is Zimbabwe still has industries compared to zambia. Zambia makes nothing.

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    • My friend people like you who blog here every day trying to communicate information to people should research and get the facts rights before you post. IMF, RMB, STANDARD BANK, BMI etc have all published reports on how the economies of Southern Africa and Africa at large are performing. Officially Zambia is the third largest economy in the region after South African & Angola. Even Botswana’s & Namibia’s economies are smaller than Zambia’s. The problem is that you’ve such negative view of your own country that you cant believe it is food secure & there are some things we are doing right. Information is power my friend. As opposed to continually complaining & politicising everything your friends are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by a growing economy like ours. Change…

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    • Chosen the size of the economy has nothing to do with quality of citizens life. Nigeria has had a bigger economy than South Africa but sa certainly has better quality of life

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    • @Mao, size of economy vs population determines buying power of a country my friend. It’s called GDP per capita. Zambia’s is averaging Usd1,700 per person. That’s an important number for economists, entrepreneurs & investors. Although Nigeria’s economy appears so large compared to Zambia’s the quality of the size does not result in such a big per capita averaging Usd2,200 & actually expected to drop to Usd1,700 in 2017. One very optimistic report estimates Zimbabwe’s per capita Usd958. You can do all the spin you want about Zambia but God is blessing us. If you worked harder than just politicking we can do so much better together. God Bless Zambia

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    • The Chosen One,

      Some people here never bother to read or research. Their only source of valid information is their supreme leader and his party. Anything positive about Zambia appals and frustrates them; anthing negative about Zambia excites and elates them. What type of Zambians ar these?

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  27. Country men the article Cleary states the methodology that was used during ranks. Correct me on this one: ranking was based on undernourished children, low BMI,,stunted growth, and MUAC…etc. For these reasons there is no need to compare zambia to Malawi, Zimbabwe, DRC etc. What if the latter do fine on the indicators, and that means they balance their diets than just satisfying their tummies. Let s just agree that we re retrogressinh.

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  28. Thanks PF. You cannot place blame on MMD for this on. You have ruined Zambia.

    Dununa Reverse! Please lets sign.

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  29. Ba NEZ! Badaala ba NEZ! Don’t be excited over nothing, even if it was true this story is not about PF and UPND or HH or the “intelligence” of the only economist in Zambia. Things like nutrition status take long to manifest in a country, in this case probably from Kaunda days. Nothing that u-5 can “fix” here even if he was given power today, 2021 or in 2026, Amen.

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    • Speak for yourself young man. If pf has failed to ensure food security such that even lungu is malnourished that’s your own issue. Hh has successfully ensured that your poor relatives have a job and Is a successful farmer. What does the silly dancer know about farming and food apart from just eating to cure his hangover while your ugly grandmother suffers from goitre cause they can’t afford mere salt

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  30. i work at the hospital and most of the children that are under weight are from Mayard where they are fade on yoghurt, tea with bread, freezits, breakfast mealie meal, fanta, coke, expired mineral water etc and in these homes where beans is said to be for the poor. Its the department of health that has a non impact sensitization program. Zambia has too much food to an extent where less than 1% of the kids in Namwala ( for example) are under weight compared to more than 15% in Lusaka. if you have a child in town esp the working class that rarely breast feed their kids, you will agree with me. above all this, our parents kumayard rarely see what their kids eat. those that care end up over feeding them making 10% of our kids obese, am sure you have seen a lot such kids.

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  31. Politics is over and losers will have to live with it. No specific problems for PF or UPND. Thats the reason the majority voted for PF and not the immature UPND. Lies ba UPND lies. Most UPND chaps are lairs. UPND likes making stories to be seen as though they are better kansi. Ubufi ba UPND.

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  32. This report is rubbish. There are a lot of countries where there are wars and wars and people do not even eat for days. This report says these countries are better off than Zambia. Total rubbish of a report. Why target Zambia not even Allepo. Its the opposition thinking that they are cool.

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  33. ONE REASON I THINK CONTRIBUTES TO THIS SITUATION WE HAVE FOUND OURSELVES IN IS URBANIZATION. ZAMBIA IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST URBANIZED COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. THERE IS TOO MUCH CONCENTRATION OF POOR PEOPLE IN URBAN AREAS. WE ARE IN THE ALARMING HUNGER ALERT LEVEL. WHAT THIS TELLS US IS THAT THE GAP BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE POOR IS WIDENING ALL THE TIME.

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  34. Badaala ba NEZ, before i fall asleep let me share an important secret fact with you. At the rate HH u-5 is going, very soon he will be buying second hand tyres for his motor vehicles. It’s an open secret for those in the know that his business associates have told him that his kind of politics is not compatible with their business interests. They will buy him out of all businesses tgat they share. And you should know that wealth dies mot grow when it is in cash form.

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  35. The source and data does not reflect sample Zambia The only authentic report is from WORLD BANK SOCIAL BURDENS REPORTS ON ALL COUNTRIES ACCORDING TO DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS There is incomplete and inaccurate data and also Insufficient data to make this assessment as once analyses it carefully

    For instance Look at the ATTESTED REPORT On GLOBAL SOCIAL BURDENS AND THE GLOBAL NUTRITION REPORT AND SEE THE DISAGGREAGATION OF DATA AND THE SMART COMMITENMENT ZAMBIA IS MAKING HAS MADE TOWARDS AND SEE HOPE

    REALLY THE DATA IS FAR FROM THE GROUND AND THE RESEARCH CRITERIA HAS LIMITATIONS

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  36. If you look at “‘Selected Global Social Burdens”” against a measure of GDP surely Country Zambia is better than these rankings

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  37. In terms of Urban Mobility and Educational system, the systems currently negates these rankings There is fair mobility for Children’s and Elders in school and elsewhere to reach out for sources of food

    You will agree with me that the social education systems supports homes and keeps more children in school and therefore positive for nutrition Zambia

    The social burdens rankings for Zambia are pretty fair

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  38. Here we go again – the ‘urbanised’ Zambians eating pizza every now and then, the politicians and their cronies sharing the spoils of ill-gotten wealth, spending lavishly and hence concluding on everyone’s behalf that Zambia is ‘not hungry’. You spoilt brats! You only have to move a short distance away from the rail and major roads to see a rural Zambia staggering in poverty. But even in the urban ghettos, what diet do people survive on? Compare with east or west Africa and you will realise that in Zambia ‘we don’t eat’. Wars or no wars, other countries in Africa have always had a varied choice of food and quantity. In Zambia, for the many (even the aspiring middle class) food is a luxury. There are countries purportedly poorer than Zambia – but have food as a basic commodity.

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  39. Harold muna well spoken. People have not taken time to visit mukomboni and see the high levels of poverty.

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  40. Exactly, zed. People need to see and accept reality objectively. We should be discussing solutions rather than finding ‘conspiracy theories’ in a hunger index report.

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    • since when have you ever been in a civil war countries or any of the countries you are mentioning. Stop saying things you don’t understand. be frank and don’t use your frustration

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  41. i DON’T think Zambia in reality it is ranked third in been hungriest nation. I live in Zambia and i have seen it.if Zambia was the third these other countries will be ranked on the negatives,countries like Somalia, Zimbabwe, all those small countries like Rwanda or Burundi and others with civil war.don’t forget Seria too. For truth sack Zambia can even compete with South Africa or slightly about 10% lower with Nigeria if you do a thoroughly survey. We are doing Better and i see this country hitting the globe by been the fastest developing economy.its only been a month since election but the kwacha is still surviving against the dollar otherwise we would have hit bottom by now. come 2018 you won’t recognize these country as the one that was straggling. poverty levels will diminish and…

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    • @ Mr. Facts

      Get your facts right. Firstly learn to understand English instead to translate to Zamglish and survey will sound differently.
      As to poverty level diminishing by 2018, please stop adding insult to injury. Educate yourself instead of crapping in public.

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  42. @ndobo, just compare how Zimbos from the bush and those from Zed are looking and you will understand that the report is correct. compare those from the towns too. Zambia is in reverse gear under PF

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  43. Zambians need to improve their diet. This is what this report is about. It is more about quality than quantity. You need to witness west Africans eating to understand what eating well means.

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  44. I think the report is about nutrition not production. THE FOOL stays hungry in the midst of plenty. We have plenty to eat but don’t how to feed. Kids eat more jiggies,lollipops and freezits… for sure, kids will be malnourished and stanted

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    • REPORT IS ABOUT THE PER CENTAGE OF PEOPLE THAT CAN AFFORD FOOD, AND STUNTED GROWTH IN CHILDREN BELOW AGE OF 15

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  45. This is nonsense, how can Zambia be ranked third and we are feeding souther region countries? SATANA tawakatunenushe, to hell with your foolish figures. Zambia a blessed nation. UN is not our GOD. Ba UPND they want to see Zambians suffer, our God will never leave us nor forake us, Zambia will never be given to the devil, we’re praying today and filechitika. God bless Zambia

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  46. As we speak we are exporting food to Zimbabwe and Malawi. Lots of our food is smuggled to neighboring countries.

    Its not possible that we can be worse than Zimbabwe and Malawi or Congo

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  47. All the money being spent on the fake religious function ought to be invested in putting up a new pipe line to increase water supply to Lusaka. Our taps are constantly dry while some *****s are busy singing dununa and sontapo. It is disgraceful.

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  48. If you check the FAO statistics interms of FOOD AVAILABLITY in categories and nutrition levels In Zambia I am sure You will see the flawness of the Report but though quality is the ISSUE in terms of nutrition

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  49. While HH’s followers are quick to celebrate this false report. I on the other hand would like to sue these Global Hunger Index researchers for publishing a false report that is putting the good standing of Zambia and the new Bread Basket of Africa into serious disrepute! Zambia is exporting hundreds of thousands of tons of maize to the rest of Southern Africa most bought from private farmers so how can this be true. If you go into Zambian village you will never see a starving child as is the case in countries such as Mali, Niger, Sudan, South Sudan and Chad. These people have insulted all Zambians.

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  50. Your report should be factually correct to the ground and thorough in analysis Third Party reliance is always skewed

    Then Reports Generated BY THOSE RUNNING PROGRAMMES IN ZAMBIA ARE MORE reliable than DESK TOP RESEARCH

    INSTITUTIONS LIKE WORLD BANK FAO UNDP AND OTHERS LIKE USAID

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  51. Only bantustans or hh followers can believe this fake report.where do you put countries such as south sudan,somalia,guinea bissau,Djibutti,Haiti,etc?go to Luapula,Northern,Muchinga,Eastern,etc you wont find any home minus food.they grow cassava and maize,so their homes have plenty food.today Zambia is feeding Congo DR,Zimbabwe,Malawi,etc,how can this report be true?hh followers think that suck fake reports can make hh win-NEVER!!!come 2021,almost all voters in 6 and half provinces will REJECT your kalusa hh once more!!!yes 3 and half provinces will vote for hh in 2021 but MAJORITY will once more win!!!POLITICALLY ZAMBIA IS VERY DIVIDED SO SUCH FAKE REPORTS WONT TAKE HH ANYWHERE NEAR STATE HOUSE!!

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  52. I think Zambia must learn to challenge such reports. It is inconceivable that Zambia is worse than Liberia, Niger, Mali even Zimbabwe. Zambians (whether from the ruling and opposition parties) should together defend zambia from such adverse reports.

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  53. I live in Malawi, and the people here relied of breakfast flour import from Zambia to survive the last season. I see Zambian breakfast flour in almost all shops in every district in Malawi today. So the report, with such hunger-stricken countries like Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Malawi, pegged better than Zambia can be doubtful. The report doesn’t show details of how the data was collected to arrive at figures like 48% undernourished Zambians!

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  54. If what we experience in Zambia to today I the worst then there is no hunger in Africa. That can be my conclusion. Much as I agree that there is hunger in Zambia and Africa at large, I may not agree that Zambia is the worst hit coz I have been to South Africa, Nigeria which countries I believe should be the best but I saw poverty level similar to Zambia.

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  55. TOTAL RUBBISH, ZAMBIA AND TANZANIA ARE THE ONLY COUNTRIES WITH MAIZE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, SO DOES THIS REPORT MAKE ANY SENSE AT ALL. ZAMBIA IS EXPORTING TO MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, ZIMBAWE, CONGO DR, SO HOW CAN THESE COUNTRIES BE LESS HUNGRY THAN ZAMBIA WHICH IS FEEDING THEM. THESE ARE JUST WESTERN SYMPATHIZERS OF THE USELESS UPND!

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  56. RIGHT NOW CONGLESE ARE BUSY COMING TO SMUGGLE MEALIE MEAL FROM ZAMBIA, SO IS ZAMBIA MORE HUNGRY THAN CONGO DR? AND FOOD IS PLENTY IN ALL STORES, AND HALF THE POPULATION ARE BUYING WHAT THEY NEED. YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE BUSY IN CONTRACT JOBS, SO WHAT HUNGER IS THERE? MORE JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN THE COUNTRY’S ? SO WHERE ARE THOSE HUNGRY PEOPLE? MAY BE THEY MEANT ZIMBABWE, BY MISTAKE PUT ZAMBIA. ZIMBABWE’S ECONOMY HAS COME TO A STAND STILL, NOTHING IS GOING ON! NOT EVEN CASH IN BANKS, SO HOW ZAMBIA BE MORE HUNGRY THAN ZIMBABWE. COME ON BE SENSIBLE! JUST POLITICAL! EVERYTHING IS IN ABUNDANCE IN ZAMBIA, TOMATOES, CABBAGES, ONIONS, SWEET POTATOES, IRISH POTATOES, FISH, MEAT, FRUITS ETC! INCLUDING MONEY, AND LOANS FROM BANKS, WORKERS ARE PAID…

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  57. Please stop making Zambia look bad with your horrible wishful thinking. I am a firm believer of research but this one is TOTAL RUBBISH. Am sorry to you the researchers, please re-check the your methodologies. Have a look at these Countries ;Guinea (GDP per capita of $523.10) Ethiopia (GDP per capita of $505.00) The Gambia (GDP per capita of $488.60) Democratic Republic of the Congo (GDP per capita of $484.20) Afghanistan — GDP per capita: $2,051 (£1,428) Democratic Republic of Congo — GDP per capita: $753 (£525) Malawi — GDP per capita: $819 (£572) Liberia — GDP per capita: $934 (£652) Burundi — GDP per capita: $951 (£662) Niger — GDP per capita: $1069 (£744) Mozambique — GDP per capita: $1,208 (£841) Eritrea — GDP per capita: $1,210 (£842) Madagascar — GDP per capita: $1,477…

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  58. I don’t think so. DRC does not even grow its own food. Where is Malawi and Zimbabwe who have been depending on Zambia for food? Ethiopia, South Sudan, Mauritania etc?

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