Minister says Malawi needs US $16m to avert flood-induced food crisis

Malawi Agriculture and Food Security Minister Allan Chiyembekeza has said government needs at least e US $16m to distribute seed and other farm inputs in the flood affected areas several thousands of hectares of crop fields were washed away.

Chiyembekeza:  Malawi needs help

Chiyembekeza: Malawi needs help

Government wants to use the money to distribute seed for early maturing food crop and other farm inputs like fertiliser to save the country from a food crisis.

Chiyembekeza said impact of the damage is huge to the country’s agriculture-economy.

“We are likely going to lose over 100,000 metric tonnes of crop yields from the floods,” said Chiyembekeza .

“The rainy season is still here and we hope if farmers can replant we will be able to salvage the situation,” he said.

President Peter Mutharika declared 16 of the country’s 28 districts ‘disaster areas’ and appealed for international assistance.

Paul Chiunguzeni, Secretary for Disaster Management Affairs, said while local and international donors have reacted positively there was still need for more assistance.

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The rain season is almost over, even if you give the people seeds to plan, they will not use them. What is the point therefore of donating seeds to people that will not use them? The Minister should have his head examined.


ministry are failing to pay trasporters and suppliers for this years subsidy

How much are total donations recieved so far? How have you used those donations? I may also want to knw how much have the state president, the vice president and cabinet ministers donated to the floods victims? And how much have you people stolen frm these donations? How much would the office of the 2nd vice president require to be established? And where would that money come from? For the time being its better to get what MACRA was about to pay for the upgrading of the spy machine, buy maize distribute to the affected villages enough for the year… Read more »

M’malo moti akambilane how to raise the money, ndiye muzimva zitsiru zimenezi kuti zakodza phwando in the name of launching th project kkkkkk what a silly Idea.

Winston msowoya

President Peter muthalika opts to beg money from international community to help flood victims recuperate from floods advice for him is simple and clear,why can’t he auction the small White House (ndata) and use the funds to help the poor victims who were shamelessly robbed of their money by his late brother bingo wa muthalika.


Lucky enough the bugget has been amended in parliament and hope this figure was incorporated

Paulos Banda

Koma a Chiyembekezaa? Chonsecho muli ndi Phd. I think you are good at theory.


Malawi will never run short of leadership idiots, the same idiots have given MACRA 12 million USD to implement stupid spy machine, the same idiots say they need 16 million USD to avert hunger food crisis, the same idiots r saying malawi so poor, this country will never run short of idiots, wat a country!!!!!!!!!

English Guru

exactly the same sentiments i wanted to echo here! i totally agree with you!! i wish there was a word stronger than ‘idiots’ to describe these vision-less ‘idiots!’


How silly is this minister, why has it taken you so long to think about that idea. This is almost mid March, you just want to steal the agalu a dpp inu.

Jihad John

What does this mean? Are you looking for donations or you want parliament to debate this? Surely there must be $16 million somewhere somehow within government. You can reallocate funds meant for state house for example and reduce other unnecessary expenditures like travel ndi maphwando. Tisangoti zilizonse kupempha.

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