Samutela receiving his food from one of the volunteers who help prepare the school meals.

Copyright: WFP/Kingfred Mubinde

Government Support Means School Meals Continue To Boost Learning In Zambia

In 2002/3, when Zambia suffered one of its worst droughts, the World Food Programme worked with the country's Ministry of Education to re-start school feeding. Initially, the programme reached only 10,000 school children in five districts. Just over a decade later, some 860,000 children in over 2,000 schools are now receiving school meals on a daily basis.

Overview

Zambia was reclassified by the World Bank as a lower middle income country in 2011. While it has maintained an admirable economic growth rate at over 6 percent for the past decade, Zambia's human development indicators remain static, with the country still ranking 163 out of 186 countries in the 2012 Human Development Index. Zambia's population is 13 million, with 61 percent living in urban and 39 percent in rural areas. 

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)8,955
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