About 63 717 people in Karonga are expected to benefit from a World Food Programme (WFP)-funded cash for food programme through Circle for Integrated Community Development (Cicod).
The development follows a 2019 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report that indicated that about 1.6 million people will be affected by hunger in Malawi between November 2019 and March 2020.
Cicod executive director Amos Tizora said this during Karonga District Full Council Meeting yesterday.
He said the 2019/20 lean season response will target four traditional authorities (T/As) of Kyungu, Kilupula, Wasambo and Mwilang’ombe where the beneficiaries will receive cash transfers of $30 (K23 000) equivalent to buy 50 kilogrammes (kg) of maize and other necessities.
“We have about 31 food distribution points across the four T/As. We ask stakeholders from the district to work together to ensure the programme becomes a success,” he said.
Karonga District Council vice-chairperson Ngasalayumo Mwangonde said the donation has come at a time when many people in the district have no food.
Paramount Chief Kyungu commended WFP and Cicod for the initiative and asked officers to discharge their duties without favour.
“I also ask the affected people to use the money for the intended purpose,” he said.
Other districts benefitting from the cash transfer programme include Dedza, Balaka, Neno and Phalombe.