Hunger Hits Chikwawa District

The district has been experiencing hunger due to natural disasters such as dry spells The district has been experiencing hunger due to natural disasters such as dry spells - file photo

Hunger is reported to have hit hard some parts of Chikwawa as communities are surviving on Mango and Ziziphus Mauritiana fruits.

Rose Mtalika from Chizenga Village and Joseph Antonio Labison from Saopa Village in Ngabu area have called on government and other well-wisher to come to their rescue.

"We cannot afford to buy maize. We don’t have money," they said.

"Apart from that, we also need duty bearers to establish sustainable interventions like irrigation for us to be food secure," said Mtalika.

Center for Social Concern Project officer responsible for enhancing research and evidence based advocacy on livelihood issues Ireen Kombo Tonde says there is need for key stakeholders to apply both short and long term interventions in affected villages so that communities are food secure.

"We have noted that many people in Ngabu are struggling to get food. There is need for urgent action to assist the villagers," said Tonde.

Chikwawa District Commissioner Ali Phiri has promised to probe the matter through the Civil Protection Committees to know the exact hunger situation in Ngabu area.

"We are going to follow up the matter," said DC Phiri.

Chikwawa and Nsanje are exposed to perennial food insecurity because of natural disasters mainly floods and dry spells.

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