Govt raises K76.2 bn for 3.8 million people

A maize distribution exercise

The total resource requirements under the Food Security Cluster estimated at K76.27 billion have been mobilized through cash from government, development and humanitarian partners as well as in-kind through maize contribution by the government from the Strategic Grain Reserve.

This follows the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC)’s assessment which projected that 3.8 million people in 27 districts (except Likoma) and four cities of the country would be food insecure during the 2022/23 lean season, specifically, from November 2022 to March 2023.

In collaboration with various development and humanitarian partners, the Department of disaster management affairs (DODMA) developed the 2022/23 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Plan to mobilize resource.

The plan’s goal is to effectively coordinate the humanitarian programme to address the needs of the food insecure people and rolled out the provision of food assistance in November, 2022 starting with councils that had a 5 months’ food deficit in the southern region.

According to DODMA’s Commissioner Charles Kalemba, the response programme is being implemented through two modalities namely; cash transfers and in- kind maize distribution.

Kalemba (L): Outlined the Department's preparations plans

The cash transfers are currently pegged at K25, 000 per household; per month; while households targeted under maize distribution would be reached out to with a 50kg bag of maize per month.

Among others, the Department has finalized relief maize distribution covering requirements for November and December, 2022 in Nsanje and is finalizing the first round of the maize distributions covering November and December requirements in Zomba while distribution of relief maize covering December and January requirements is underway in Machinga and Mangochi.

The Strategic Grain Reserve and Commercial maize approved a drawdown of 62,435 metric tonnes relief maize which is being used for the programme in targeted councils.

Distribution of relief maize has rolled out in Lilongwe District, Lilongwe City, Mzuzu and Mzimba.

A  cross-section of people who attended the presser

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) 2022/23 forecast indicated that most areas will experience normal to above normal rainfall.

Standby arrangements for deployment of search and rescue teams comprising the Malawi Defence Force, the Malawi Police Service, Marine Department, the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) and other stakeholders have been made in case of eventualities.

About 10,427 households (approximately 45,621 people) have been reached out with relief assistance which include food and non-food items namely; maize, family tents, housing units, kitchen utensils and plastic sheets for temporary roofing.

Provision of relief assistance is on-going and the department will reach out to all the affected people as per the reports from affected councils