Malawi requires K18.6bn to support food insecure households

Over 2.8 million people, out of the total projected population of 16.3 million, are food insecure and will not meet their annual food requirement during the 2015/16 consumption period, the Ministry of Finance has said.


Mangani: To assist those in need

The affected households are in the districts of Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba and Rumphi in the north; Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Nkhotakota, Ntcheu and Salima in central region; and Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mwanza, Neno, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo and Zomba in the southern region.

This follows an annual food security assessment the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, through the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) conducted from June 8 to July 2 this year to establish the food situation in the country.

“The results of the assessment show that a total of 2,833,212 people, out of the total projected population of 16,310,431, will not be able to meet their annual food requirement during the 2015/16 consumption period, representing 17 percent of the total projected population.

“The total humanitarian food that is required to support the affected people is estimated at 124,183 metric tonnes of maize with an estimated cash value of K18.6 billion,” said Ronald Mangani, Secretary to the Treasury.

According to him, these figures relate to the food requirement for vulnerable population only, which is lower than the maize consumption deficit of 223,723 metric tonnes provided by the Third Round Crop Estimates of the Ministry of Agriculture.

“The difference between the two estimates arises from the fact that part of the maize consumption deficit is off-set by the production of other food crops which the vulnerability assessment takes into account.

“There been an increase of 116 percent in the number of affected people during the 2015/16 consumption period,” said Mangani.

He said this increase is a result of weather-related hazards, ranging from late on-set of rains, floods and dry spells.

Mangani, however, said government, in collaboration with cooperating partners, will be implementing response interventions to assist the affected population.

Meanwhile, government, with funding from the World Bank, is procuring over 52,000 metric tonnes of maize for the affected people.

While the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) will procure an estimated 45,000 metric tonnes of maize to ensure availability of the commodity in its selling points and stabilize maize prices.

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15 thoughts on “Malawi requires K18.6bn to support food insecure households”

  1. Smadav says:

    Chimanga chogulitsa anthu alinacho koma mitengo mumapereka ngati wolima munali inu.

  2. weniweni says:

    si zoti ndalamazo apangire ma dinner ndi mlakho………muguledi chimanga apa isah!!!

  3. Rodgers Banda says:

    Likoma is happy coz it put Malawi into mess by voting DPP a party of the blind and dead.

  4. yaseen says:

    Kodi ndiye wabwino achokera kuti?

  5. yaseen says:

    Musangowanamiza amthu apa ndalamayo si yanu

  6. Westley says:

    Dr Mangani, Lero mwasekereratu? Mwangoyamba kumene bwana. We need your brains now. Show us what you are made of. We are happy with your track record though and we are sure we will benefit from that

  7. mmm says:

    Dere Admarc akuti azitigulitsa tima 10 kgs.
    Tizidya masiku angati timq 10 kgs tanuto?
    Mapwevupwevu missed it a big time.
    Just step down

  8. The Insider says:

    The amount of money only stolen by Peter Mutharika dwarfs this 18 billion Kwacha. My appeal to pseudo president Mutharika is to return the money he stole while his brother Bingu was president which is currently stashed in American banks! He should stop preaching moral ethics among Malawians when he himself is a big thief. Peter Mutharika, are you sure you have no shame stealing from the poor and look now how many people may die as a result of your greed! It’s not too late, you can atone your sins by doing the right thing – RETURN THE MONEY!

  9. me says:

    Just cancel the whole fisp project
    The money should be used for the food insecure this year and next year.
    Why do we spend so much on fisp yet every year people are food insecure? Who benefits from fisp?

  10. jimbo says:

    Bearing in mind that there is no registration in Malawi of births, marriages and deaths, how are these population figures arrived at? Accurate population statistics are essential in order to plan and structure the economy of the country.

  11. Kavuluvulu says:

    Food insecurity is all over the country.

  12. Likoma Economist says:

    So its about 2.8 million people or 17% of the total population will need food aid. This is more than the total popultion of Botswana (2.1 million). What does this tell us about our (food and population) policies?

  13. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Immediately people are planning to get field allowances for 40 days or 40nights in one month. Some will get 36 days or 36nights in one month.

    Eni ake anjala ali wefuwefu kumwa madzi.

  14. BVUTO says:

    Just say all districts of Malawi, except NB and LA. need food aid.

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