Low income countries such as Malawi suffer a greater impact of climate change due to limited resources, population growth, urbanisation, political and economic instability.
Head of Britainâ€™s Department for International Development (DfID) in Malawi Sarah Sanyahumbi made the statement at a workshop on climate change resilience in Malawiâ€™s capital, Lilongwe, on Wednesday.Â
â€œClimate change-related disasters is one of DfIDâ€™s priority areas of workâ€¦In DfID, we believe that the right combination of humanitarian, development and political action can reduce unnecessary loss of life and suffering.
â€œWe believe that building disaster resilience means building much better links between Disaster Risk Reduction [DRR] and climate change adaptation,â€ Sanyahumbi said.
She said this year, 1.6 million people in Malawi will be food insecure as a result of last yearâ€™s poor harvest. She, however, said there is evidence that the impact of disasters can be mitigated by building resilience of nations and people.
Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension Services Stella Kamkwamba said climate change is threatening food security efforts.
â€œAs Ministry of Agriculture, our goal is to contribute to poverty reduction and we have contributed to agriculture sector in areas of food security and risk management, agri-business and nutrition development, sustainable land and water management,â€ she said.