Malawi VP Chilima applauds World Food Programme’s farmers’ crops insurance policy

Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima has applauded World Food Programme’s initiative in which farmers are encouraged to insure their crops they have grown in case their areas experience an unexpected drought.

Chilima presided over WFP’s insurance payout ceremony at Chaweta Primary School
WFP’s Country Director Benoit Thiry explaining a point to Chilima after viewing a pavilion that explained the Rural Resilience Initiative
Chilima presided over WFP’s insurance payout ceremony at Chaweta Primary School in Traditional Authority Machinjiri’s drought-prone area on Thursday where all farmers involved in the project, called Rural Resilience Initiative, were reimbursed of the money they insured through Nico General Insurance.
“This initiative should be institutionalised so that it should reach out to every farmer across the country. Malawi is vulnerable to effects of climate change that leads to drought and famine,” said Chilima, who is also Minister of Disaster Preparedness.
He said insuring crops that have been grown is an excellent initiative for drought-prone areas that are also highly food insecure as they are dependent on rain-fed agriculture.
Through the Rural Resilience Initiative, WFP is supporting smallholder farmers in climate risk management by enabling the poorest farmers to pay for drought insurance in which farmers do extra community work and their payment for that labour is channeled to Nico General Insurance.
This extra community labour, which mostly is about re-afforestation and climate change preparedness in form of following right land use to conserve as much rain water as possible, also helps the households receive monthly food or cash handouts to meet their consumption needs and the extra goes into crop insurance.
This insurance payout has been honoured after proper rainfall in T/A Machinjiri’s area came very late after farmers had already planted and their crops were destroyed as testified by two of the resilience initiative beneficiaries, Catherine Thomas and Petros Malunga during the ceremony at Chaweta Primary School.
In his speech, WFP’s Country Director Benoit Thiry said protecting farmers with insurance means that when a drought shock hits, compensation for losses prevents farmers from resorting to desperate measures, such as selling their livestock,  falling into deep debts or taking their children out of school.
“This season in Malawi, more than 7,000 drought-affected families  will receive an insurance pay-out valued at over MK360 million,” Thiry said. “This is the first time that a weather index insurance programme has directly delivered pay-outs at such a large scale in Malawi.
“Insurance is effective when and only it is integrated into a package of support  that can address the other risks. Completely shifting from one-off activities, the integrated package includes strategies like asset creation (for water conservation or increased production), weather index insurance, savings, credit or climate services.
“We are also offering market access support to help families transition away from food insecurity and aid dependency, as they become more resilient.”
Thiry paid special tribute to women as positive supporters of this initiative, saying various studies across the globe have revealed that women are more vulnerable to climate shocks but it also showed that providing vulnerable smallholder farmers, especially women, with an integrated resilience strategies has improved families’ income and food security.
“In some areas, like savings and credit [cooperatives], they are even outperforming men. They are the real champion, and we should recognise their work and encourage them to go further because there will be no development without involving equally men and women,” Thiry said.

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4 years ago

If it’s Chilima who smeared Chaponda ndiye the VP wa bookable m’mimbatu.

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4 years ago

Please Peter
Make him your running mate for DPP to get
Win m aority and start selling him for 2024 election
This wit make DP

4 years ago

Sorry a dzukani Malawi..that Punk is xposed there is no place for him in DPP& don’t associate DPP with him. OK? Forgot Chimunthu Banda?

4 years ago

Honourable Chilima keep presiding over these low key projects whilst your colleagues are busy butting out of politics. Be smart and start lobbying within DPP to garner support for your presidency. You are wasting your energy presiding over initiatives that MPs and Councillors can preside over. Spend your energy in places where it matters the most. Call MPs, visit councillors, mingle with ordinary DPP members in various constituencies. this is no time to play around with the fiddle when DPP is burning.

4 years ago

Bwana Chilima ,you are doing every good job. That is the way to go. Not fighting for DPP presidential candidate. You are still a baby. That is a good job for an acquitted Chaponda. Not you at all.

4 years ago

What do u know in politics my friend. U better stay quite if u don’t know what to say.

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