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Starvation Looms in Chiengi as Households Exhaust Food Supplies Amid Soaring Demand

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A dire situation is unfolding in Lambwe Chomba area, Chienge District, as over one thousand households face the imminent threat of starvation after selling the majority of their agricultural produce due to high demand.

According to the Hunger Situation Assessment Report from Chieftainess Lambwe Chomba’s Chiefdom, signed by Chienge District Agricultural Coordinator (DACO) Wages Mambo, the affected households, comprising 734 male-headed and 322 female-headed households, find themselves in a precarious situation and are urgently appealing to the government for assistance.

The report reveals that Lambwe Chomba area, known for its substantial maize and rice production, attracted a surge of buyers, leading farmers to sell 75 percent of the area’s produce. This unexpected demand has caused a sharp increase in agricultural produce prices, with a 50-kilogram bag of maize now fetching 500 Kwacha.

In response to the unfolding crisis, Chienge District Commissioner Favourite Musangu Kabunda has taken swift action. She has written a letter to the Office of the Luapula Province Permanent Secretary, requesting 2,112 bags of relief maize to address the pressing food shortage.

Mrs. Kabunda emphasized the urgency of the situation, expressing hope that the appeal would be promptly considered to alleviate hunger for the affected households. Each of the affected households is estimated to require two bags of maize to mitigate the looming food crisis.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Surely how can you sell all your food because of high demand? This defeats all logic. Even me who has other sources I always leave a reasonable amount for emergency.
    Okay use the money you realized from your sales to buy food.

    • @Deja Vu, I didn’t want to comment on because I doubted the report. People in this area rely on cassava and the Lake for food. The road is very bad as it ends at Kashikishi. It’s been worsened by the Army trucks that were hauling maize from yonder. Rice rots in people’s homes because there are no buyers. I’m trying to KaKa or Lawrence Mwelwa since the wife frequents that place as MP, for confirmation.

    • These are grown-ups who knew exactly what they were doing would lead to. Unfortunately we cannot legislate against stupidity. It’s really unfortunate. Rural people are often more responsible than glue-sniffing townies. This has come as a shock to me.

  2. It’s not in southern province so they are okay if people starve there. Hh is a very tribal ugly f00I

    A woman in Lusaka has been arrested for selling her child to another woman because of tough economic situation prevailing in the country. Never in history of zambia have we seen things get this bad. Ironically a person who claims to be an educated economist is running our country. Evidence that we have educates f00Is and liars in society

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  3. Mmembe should go there and shout Njala njala caused by HH and UPND puppets! Even when people need advice how to maintain food security at household level, Mmembe will blame HH and UPND! We have power hungry opposition leaders whose solution is blaming HH and UPND for any problem that is experienced.

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  4. @ Ayatollah, I totally agree with you. I have been on that Lambwe Chomba road from Chiengi to Kaputa oceans it was a real nightmare.
    Lambwe Chomba is rich in natural resources and has a great agricultural potential, that why if I were MP in that area I would really prioritise road infrastructure development.
    I recall that when late President Sata took up office, this is one of the roads he listed for upgrading to a all weather road. I remember very well because I even made a comment on the article on LT.

    • Thanks for the confirmation. I’m familiar with the terrain there. I’ve been there several times and the talk nowadays is that it’s like the VP isn’t from there. The whole region needs attention

  5. Government was advised against the sale of maize.. Because the king loves money he hoped to export the maize grain
    without thinking about what the people will eat How heartless

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