Hunger looms in Malawi

…1.63 million food insecure

About 1.63 million people are food insecure in Malawi and will need support for three to eight months, according to a latest Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report, The Nation newspaper has reported.

It is reported that the Mvac findings released in June this year, also indicate an increase in the number of food insecure people to 1.63 million in 15 districts, three of the affected districts are in the Central part of Malawi and 12 in the Southern (which has 13 districts).

This translates to about 11 percent of the Malawi Population, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Last year at least 200 000 people in 10 districts needed food aid in Malawi.

“Those affected (this year) will require support for a period of three to eight months [August 2012 to March 2013]. The Mvac report recommends a swift response and a broad range of interventions, including cash and food based public works programmes” OCHA is quoted in The Nation newspaper.

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says government and its parteners convened a meeting to discuss response coordination.

Dodma principal secretary Jeffrey Kanyinji is quoted in The Nation that 1.63 million require food assistance. He is quoted that relief food distribution starts in August.

Erratic performance of main season rainfall, including prolonged dry spells, and poor access to agricultural inputs by some farmers are cited as some of the factors that have resulted in below-average 2012 cereal and cash crop production in Southern Malawi.

Mabvuto Kambuwe

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