The United Nations has projected that the corona virus pandemic will push about 88 to 115 million people into extreme poverty globally this year with the total rising to 150 million by the year 2021 depending on the severity of the economic contraction.
The development has been attributed to the global economic recession which has been brought about by the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic which is likely to cause high levels of poverty and vulnerability.
Speaking at a media workshop on covd-19 emergency cash transfer and social cash transfer, UN resident coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio disclosed that over 200, 000 vulnerable households in 22 districts of Zambia will benefit from the fund.
Dr. Mar Gadio further said the k400 cash transfer will be for a period of six months with a view to support their food and nutrition needs as well as enable beneficiaries’ access basic items.
Meanwhile Minister of Community Development and Social Services Kampamba Chewe said there is need to re-focus social protection programmes as a means to provide climate resilient interventions.
Mrs. Chewe observes that food security is threatened by so many forces one of them being climate change which is expected to continue.
And Community Development and Social Protection Permanent Secretary Pamela Kabamba has noted the need to ensure right people receive services at the right time and in right, efficient and effective manner.