Thyolo District Council Disburses K362 million to Cushion Families
Thyolo District Commissioner Rosemary Nawasha says many households are facing terrible hunger as they did not harvest enough last year besides shortage of land.
However, in response to a 2022/2023 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report, Thyolo District Council has issued out over K362 million to 4, 838 food insecure households to buy maize, with a call not to share with anyone.
Nawasha believes a three-month K75, 000 from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) would cushion families which are terribly affected by perennial hunger in 14 Traditional Authorities.
"We are here to issue out this cash for them to buy what they are lacking in their homes in terms of food supplies. It's really terrible you know Thyolo has no land to farm. So the hunger problem in Thyolo is very crucial so much that if government would not have come up with this initiative, we don't know could have happened to these families," she said.
Apart from that, Nawasha says some communities are involved in Climate Smart Public Works Programme including others on the on-going Social Cash Transfer Programme.
She said this on Wednesday at Chisoka in the area of Sub-Traditional Authority Kamoto after monitoring a cash disbursement exercise.
On her part, Sub-Traditional Authority Kamoto and a beneficiary, Efelo Moses from Mulevisa village have hailed the government for the cash out which will scale up their nutrition as the current hunger forced them to eat pumpkin leaves.
In December last year, each household received a bag of maize in the initiative.
"The money is a huge relief because I had nothing at home. Yesterday we ate pumpkins and today we also expected to look for some to eat. I cannot believe this financial relief which would help us to buy maize," Moses said.
MVAC report projected that 3.8 million people in Malawi will face hunger between November 2022 and March 2023.