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CISANET Fears Food Crisis In Malawi

By Yamikani Harji, MACHINGA

Civil Society Agriculture Network-CISANET has cautioned authorities to devise cushioning measures that safeguard citizens from worsening food insecurity following the recent kwacha depreciation.

Its chairperson, Herbert Chagona further calls for urgent systematic change; fearing the current status quo has potential to breed recurring hunger.

Chagona adds the weakened kwacha and lack of forex in the country continue threatening food, fuel and fertilizer which are key to economic growth.

“A case in point is the need for government to expedite the process of purchasing farm inputs to ensure farmers –both smallholder and commercial— do get access to the same on time. We also hope government, through The Treasury, has reserved enough forex to help cushion the changes,” says Chagona.

Again, CISANET suggests authorities should look into some crucial aspects to drive the country out of the prevailing food insecurities curse.

Currently, government has started selling maize in its ADMARC depots at K600 per kilogram; translating to K30 000 per 50kg bag which is still on the higher side for the majority of poor citizens.

Agriculture Minister, Sam Kawale further pledges that government through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs will soon start distributing relief maize to hunger stricken households.

According to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Report, at least 4.4 million Malawians are on the verge of facing hunger.

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