|To No Longer Go to Bed Hungry...
Perhaps the strongest measure of COMACO success observed in the 2008-9 season is that for the first time in a number of years there was a marked reduction of food assistance requests to the Zambian District Government authorities from the communities where COMACO operates.
For outcomes assessments, COMACO defines food security as having enough food to reach the end of March or early April when families are once again able to eat from their current year’s planting. The more months without food, the more likely people may resort to snaring to exchange game meat for grain.
Of the 17,079 farmers who provided crop yields on the 2009-10 farmer card records, 74% had grain stock sufficient to last through March and 80% still had food stocks in February. This represents an increase from only 44% with sufficient grain stocks through March in 2001, when rains were below average and COMACO not in effect. These results suggest COMACO farmers are less vulnerable to food shortages, as compared to pre-COMACO conditions, when maize was the predominant grain consumed.