Poverty levels in Zambia, as in many other countries, have been at the centre of national debates, with statistics and results contested by various factions of society. The objective of this section is to examine variations in poverty across two dimensions.
1. Analysing poverty changes over time, focusing on 1991 to 2006, indicates whether Zambia is likely to attain Millennium Development Goal 1 of halving poverty and hunger by 2015.
2. Changes in the standard of living and in poverty across sections of the Zambian population are measured mainly across geographical regions.
Both of these dimensions are important for economic and social...