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Dodma wants partners in food assistance drive

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By Tiyese Monjeza:

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) Deputy Director for Disaster Recovery Fyawupi Mwafongo has called for partners in providing food assistance to people that will face hunger during the lean season.

The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report says over 3.8 million people will be food insecure between November and March next year.

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He said this calls for support from stakeholders to scale up resource mobilisation to bail out the affected people.

Mwafongo made the remarks on Thursday in Traditional Authority M’biza in Zomba where Save the Children rolled out a cash distribution exercise to 3,257 households that are affected by hunger in the area.

‘‘Government will reach out to some of those affected with maize and social cash transfer programme but still the number of those in need of support is high.

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“Therefore, we have approached a number of non-governmental organisations and other international partners to help in addressing the food crisis,” Mwafongo said.

Save the Children Director of Operations Frank Mwafulirwa said they will cover the area where each household will receive K75,000 per month during the lean season.

‘‘Our expectation is that beneficiaries will use this money to buy food so that children do not go to school on empty stomach.

“We are also encouraging the beneficiaries to invest the money in village saving loans or in livestock so that they become economically independent,” Mwafulirwa said.

The Mvac report indicated that over 162,000 will face hunger in Zomba District, with the area of Traditional Authority M’biza among the worst affected.

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