Chilima urges utilization of resources towards community resilience

Malawi ‘s Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima has appealed to district councils to utilise resources they receive from different sources towards interventions that can help build resilience of the communities.

The plea has been made by the Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima in Nsanje district at the launch of the 2017/2018 Lean Food Insecurity Response Programme.

Chilima said government is doing everything possible to assist all the affected households accordingly.

He also assured beneficiaries of Social Cash Transfer Programme that ADMARC depots will have maize readily available so that they should purchase the commodity.

The total budget for the 2017/2018 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Plan is 34.89 million US dollars.

Currently the funding that is available is 8.12 million US dollars with a deficit of 26.77 million dollars.

At least one million forty three thousand people have been affected by this year’s food insecurity according to a report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC).

Nsanje has experienced more that seven droughts and eight floods in the last decade and is one of Malawi’s most shock-prone areas.

In 2016, the district was heavily affected by El Nino phenomenon and dry spells.

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