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US gives Malawi K20bn to buy maize

  The United States yesterday gave Malawi $27 million (K20 billion) in response to the food shortage that has affected about 2.8 million Malawians. The development brings America’s total contribution to the humanitarian response to $55 million (about K41 billion) which represents about 44 percent of the K 92.7 billion the country needed to provide…

Chiefs interfere in KU food distribution programme

  some chiefs in Kasungu are interfering with the food distribution programme being implemented by Plan Malawi International in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), according to residents. The food distribution exercise follows the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report released in August last year which said about 17 percent of the population in…

23 000 refugees face hunger

About 23 500 refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa are facing food shortages as World Food Programme (WFP) has a funding shortfall of about $2 million (about K1.4 billion) for the next 12 months. Malawi is facing its worst food shortage in recent years with about 2.8 million people requiring food or cash nationwide.…

Crop disaster

  A bleak outlook for this year’s crop output is emerging as dry spells scorch crops nationwide, subsidised fertiliser delays to reach the right people at the right time and, even where the cheaper input is available, some subsistent farmers do not have the cash to buy it, The Nation has established. Some agriculture development…

Rumphi chiefs fault Mvac report

  Traditional leaders around Rumphi Boma have faulted the recent Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report which Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) used to designate areas to benefit from relief food aid. The chiefs said this at a National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) interface meeting that drew officials from the district agriculture development…

Govt intensifies food aid appeal

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima has joined calls for humanitarian assistance from the international community as the country braces for hunger which could affect more than the projected 2.8 million Malawians. Chilima, who is Minister responsible for Disaster Management, made the appeal on Wednesday during a video conference with the United Nations (UN) office of the…

Food crisis

  The World Food Programme (WFP) says it will provide food aid to 2.4 million people nationwide, representing around 85 percent of the 2.8 million starving Malawians government says it needs to help. The global food agency has already started distribution, with 844 households or 4 642 people currently being targeted in Chikwawa District. Speaking…

FOOD CRISIS: Despair as hunger expected to ravage 2.8 million

Food security and fiscal authorities on Thursday were dodgy on specifics of how they will combat hunger amid growing fears that the food crisis could be worse than previously thought. The 2015 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report that The Nation has seen shows that around 2.8 million Malawians—roughly 20 percent of the 16 million…

UN, Norway to support girls’ education in Malawi

A new initiative to ensure better education for girls in Malawi has been launched by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Dedza. Improving Access and Quality of Education for Girls in Malawi is a three-year, MK 7.2 billion programme that provides a range of interventions to address key threats to girls’ education: poor food and…