Do you remember the yellow maize that took centre stage in 1980s an early 90s under late Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s era? Well brace for another season of the yellow stuff as government has decided to buy the grain to meet the food demand.
Government has been forced to purchase yellow maize popularly called ‘Kenya’ for its hunger-stricken people as the preferred white maize cannot be found in Southern and Eastern Africa.
Malawi is about to experience worst food shortage this year due to poor rains exacerbated by the El Nino weather event.
Late rains, long dry spells and floods in some areas, combined with poorly functioning markets, low food stocks, uncertain maize supplies and high inflation, has led to a potentially catastrophic situation.
And recent Malawi vulnerability assessment report indicated that this year’s hunger will affect about 6.5 million people.
Recently, United Kingdom, through its Department for International Development (DFID), gave Malawi K23 billion (£24 Million) in response to the Malawi government’s National Disaster Response Plan.
The donation comes at a time President Peter Mutharika has called on the nation to resort to mice and grasshoppers as one way of dealing with the looming food shortage.