MVAC report: one million people to face hunger

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By Earlene Chimoyo

An increase in agricultural productivity in the 2018/2019 growing season has led to a drop in the number of people to be affected by hunger in the rural setup.

This is contained in the latest Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report for the 2019-2020 Season.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the Treasury, Cliff Chiunda states that a total of over a million people are estimated to struggle in meeting their food requirements this year.

This is a drop from the 3.3 million people that faced hunger in the previous year.

According to Chiunda, the country therefore needs 33, 810 metric tons of maize in humanitarian aid at an estimated cost of K6.76 billion.

Overall, the amount of finances that will be required to address the challenge is around K19 billion.

The rural masses that are expected to face the said hunger are from all 27 districts in the country.

 

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