Kasungu District Council received K352 million (about $1.03m) under the Local Development Fund (LDF) to implement projects targeting the poor.
In an interview acting director of public works for the district, Joseph Moloko, said they are implementing 132 projects, including road rehabilitation, irrigation, land management and fisheries.
â€œWe have set aside K352 million (about $1m) and K117 million (about $355 000) has already been disbursed to vulnerable communities.
â€œThe aim is to transfer money to poor people so that they are able to access seeds and fertiliser under the Farm Input Subsidised Programme,â€ he said.
Moloko said the council is working with traditional leaders to identify beneficiaries and ensure transparency in the implementation of the programme.
â€œWe have involved traditional leaders in identification of beneficiaries and so far, we have not received any complaint, meaning the programme is on track and the right people are benefitting,â€ he said.
Senior group village head Mduka said people in his village were sceptical about the programme, but they got excited when they received the first payment.
â€œOur roads were bad and we were having problems to take farm produce to the market and sick people to the hospital,â€ he said.
PWP and Social Cash Transfer are some of the initiatives meant to help the poor access farm inputs and to cushion them against shocks such as hunger and policy reform, including devaluation.