Zambia is a peaceful country with vast agricultural lands. However, Zambia continues to suffer the devastating impacts of a mature AIDS epidemic, chronic food insecurity and widespread poverty. Fourteen percent of the adult population is living with HIV, and 1.3 million children have been orphaned or made vulnerable due to HIV and other causes. Many rural households rely on subsistence farming, with limited access to farming inputs, credit or savings. During the "hungry season" when food is scarce, many households eat only one meal a day. As a result of chronic malnutrition, nearly half of Zambian children under five are stunted.
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|Population:||14,309,466 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||290,587 sq mi; slightly larger than Texas|
In 2000, Catholic Relief Services began operations in Zambia as a small, privately-funded program working with four dioceses. However, a variety of shocks over the past two decades—including floods, severe droughts and a devastating AIDS epidemic—have led to a dramatic increase in the scale and scope of CRS' operations. Throughout these challenges, CRS has worked together with the local Church and development partners to deliver programs aimed at strengthening communities' capacity to withstand shocks and respond to the underlying causes of chronic hunger, poverty and ill health.