Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa-Kaunda has distributed food to 400 vulnerable families in Nkhata Bay.
Speaking at Kapingama Primary School in Village Head Kamwandi, Traditional Authority Mkumbira in the district on Monday, the minister said the gesture is a response to the communities’ call for food support.
“The food goes to families affected by hunger. This is, however, a start-up support. We will continue to do this so that no one dies of hunger,” he said.
Vuwa-Kaunda said government is aware that some families living along the lakeshore lost their crops to floods this year.
Village head Kamwandi commended the minister for the support.
“People here did not harvest anything as floods washed away their crops. The donation, therefore, will lessen their suffering,” he said.
The 2019 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) says as of July 2019 about 676 000 people are food insecure and the figure was expected to increase between October 2019 and March 2020 to 1.1 million people.