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One million Malawians in dire need of food-MVAC report

One million Malawians in dire need of food-MVAC report

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-About of 1,062,674 Malawians out of the total estimated rural population of 14,747,257 will not be able to meet their annual food requirement during the 2019/20 consumption period, Malawi Vulnerability Assessment committed (MVAC) says.

This means represents 7 percent of total Malawi rural population in dire need of food.

In a press statement made available to The Maravi Post signed by Secretary to the Treasury Cliff K. Chiunda said that this exercise determined the number of people who are likely to be food insecure during the 2019/20 consumption year.

The aim of this exercise was to assess the food security situation in the country.

Chiunda also said that the affected population gas decreased from 3,306,405 people during the 2018/19 consumption period to 1,062,674 people this consumption season.

He disclosed that the affected population is in all 27 districts which we’re assessed with varying degrees of severity.

Chiunda added that the decrease has been as a result of increased agriculture production during the 2018/19 agriculture season due to favorable weather condition despite the instances of flooding and other challenges in some districts.

“Therefore the government in collaboration with its development partners will be implementing response interactions to assist the affected population.

“The National Food Reserve Agency is in the process of procuring maize to increase their stocks to be able to increase their stocks to be able to manage any eventualities and also ADMARC is procuring maize from the smallholder farmers to ensure that the commodity is available in all its selling points,” Chiunda assures.

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