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Food Insecurity Worsens in Malawi, Annual Harvest Delayed by El Niño-related Drought

Last updated: 24.02.2016 // Last week, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced that they will extend their relief operations in Malawi by an additional month, through April, after the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) reported that the annual harvest will be delayed by El Niño-related drought across southern Africa

Due to a particularly dry October-December period, planting has been delayed; many farmers who would normally harvest their maize in March will not be able to do so before April.  In addition, the El Niño is also affecting those who usually rely on early harvesting of some maize and is reducing employment prospects for farm labours.

“New contributions are urgently needed to ensure people get the assistance they need to make it through this period,” says WFP Country Representative Coco Ushiyama. “Given the unusually high food prices in the country, WFP will also further explore regional and international food procurement options.”

Norway, in addition to the United States, the Government of Malawi, The United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union (ECHO), Brazil, Iceland, Italy and the UN Central Emergency Response fund have recently contributed in support of the WFP relief operations. WFP and its partners have provided food and cash assistance in order to help alleviate what seems to be the country’s worst food insecurity in a decade. In addition, WFP and its partners are also providing complementary recovery and resilience-building support to help vulnerable families.


Read the full WFP Press Release here

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