Over 1m Malawians face hunger, says MVAC report: Admarc, NFRA procuring maize from farmers

A latest report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) has shown that a total of 1 062 674 people, out of the total estimated Malawi rural population of 14 747 257 will not be able to meet their annual food requirement during the 2019/20 consumption period.

Chiunda: Over 1 million Malawians to require food assistance

The report released Thursday October 3, shows a decrease in the affected population from 3,306,405 people during the 2018/19 consumption period.

According to a statement released by Secretary to the treasury Cliff Chiunda, the population has decreased from 3,306,405 people during the 2018/19 consumption period to 1,062, 674 people this consumption season in all the districts with varying degrees of severity.

“This decrease has been as a result of increased agriculture production during the 2018/19 agriculture season due to favourable weather in general, despite instances of flooding, Fall Army Worm infestation and extended dry spells in some districts,” reads the report in part.

The total humanitarian maize that is required to support the affected people is estimated at 33,810 Metric Tonnes (MT) with an estimated cash value of about K6.76 billion. In addition, the report shows that the affected population will also require 6,762 MT of pulses, costing about K10.14 billion and 1,244 MT of vegetable oil, costing about K2.24 billion.

Secretary to the treasury Chiunda has since given an assurance that government, in collaboration with its development partners, will be implementing response interventions to assist the affected population.

Meanwhile,  Chiunda said the National Food Reserve Agency is in the process of procuring maize to increase their stocks to be able to manage any eventualities.

“In addition, ADMARC is procuring maize from the smallholder farmers to ensure that the commodity is available in all its selling points, so as to stabilise the prices of maize, in particular during the lean period,” said Chiunda.

He further said government in collaboration with stakeholders will continue to implement safety nets and resilience building interventions across the country.

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Tuntyufe
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Tuntyufe

This is an every year story. Mukanangosiya every MVAC this yet nothing is improving. Just forget about

Ashamed Cadet
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Ashamed Cadet

This is surprising. It’s too early to be hearing this when the fruits of 2018/2019 FISP are yet to be seen. APM what did you do with the 2018/2019 FISP for your rubbish government to be talking of hunger? APM you and your stooges are stealing too much and we the cadets keep clapping hands and now we are the ones most likely to suffer while you guys eat chips!

Aaron Mwala
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Aaron Mwala

same song every year, tell me which year we didn’t hear this. We are doing the same things over and over again but expecting a different result..that’s how you define insanity

Mandado@147
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2019 we still looking at corrupt govts some voted for food yet in the west that taxes collected from well are given to people on welfare. hey they are used for siphoning. Well you voted for maize party but likely to die of hunger only a africans are that dumb.