As many Malawians are affected by the food crisis across the country,Government together with World Food Program (WFP) and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has launched a hunger response program aimed at providing food to starving Malawians in Phalombe.
During the program which will end next year in March, 44,418 households are expected to be receiving 50 kilogram of maize, five kilograms of beans and 1 litre of cooking oil. Families with expectant or breastfeeding mothers will also be receiving three kilograms of soya flower.
In addition, the families, during the span of the program, will be benefiting from cash transfer, public works, and WFP food insecurity programs.
Speaking in an interview, acting country director for ADRA Michael Usi commended government and WFP for trusting ADRA by giving the organisation a huge role to distribute food to vulnerable people in Phalombe as part of the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) program.
During the event , Member of Parliament for Phalombe East Amos Mailosi advised the beneficiaries to find additional ways of getting food and not to sell the food they will be receiving.
Malawi experienced unfavorable weather conditions in the 2015/16 growing season that led to crop failure,meanwhile Over 6.5 million people need food aid in the country.