Cost of the diet: analysis in two Zambian districts

4 September 2017

The cost of the diet is a method and software that calculates the minimum cost of a diet that provides a household’s recommended intakes of energy, protein, fat and micronutrients using locally available foods.

The Direct Response to Emergency Cash Transfer project (DiRECT) modelled an emergency response to household food insecurity using short term cash disbursements to specific demographic groups in five districts in Western and Southern provinces of Zambia.The Cost of Diet survey was carried out in two districts in which DiRECT is being implemented: Sesheke in Western Province and Namwala in Southern Province.

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