Zambia has managed to avoid the conflict seen in many nearby nations. Since gaining independence in 1964, it has been a stable and peaceful haven for its neighbours.
However, Zambia faced the El Niño climatic phenomenon in 2015/16. This caused a severe drought which has resulted in increased food prices, power rationing and decreased productivity.
Despite the climatic impact, Zambia has managed to avoid the massive food shortages faced by surrounding countries. However, climate change remains a threat.
After a massive slump in the price of copper – the country’s main export – which caused economic difficulties for the nation, there have been recent, steady economic gains.