CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has vowed to promote food security in Rumphi District by supporting households with farm inputs and sensitising them to best agriculture practices.
The synod’s general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo made the commitment on Friday at Mhuju in Rumphi where the Synod of Livingstonia Development Department (Soldev) donated maize seeds to 1 200 families.
He said the synod has an obligation to support vulnerable groups so that they are food secure.
Nyondo said people who are food secure are healthy people and find it easy to go to church to worship God.
“If we just preach to people when they are hungry, it means we are not fulfilling the great mission of Jesus Christ,” he said.
Soldev executive director Kenneth Sakala said the organisation has embarked on various interventions to ensure that people in the district are food secure.
He said apart from distributing seeds, the organisation is conducting a research aimed at fighting fall armyworms so that farmers do not lose their crops to the pest.
Soldev is also promoting conservation agriculture and restoring of forests so that farmers are not affected by droughts.
“We want the farmers to be food secure to avoid the dependency syndrome. If they are food secure, they can also embark on other economic activities,” said Sakala.
Rumphi district agriculture development officer Lumbani Msiska hailed Soldev for supporting farmers with farm inputs and promoting food security in the district.