Malawi: Fifty thousand tonnes of maize to be imported as drought worsens

| March 7, 2016

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A total of 2.8 million people in Malawi are facing hunger because of severe drought. Officials say that 50,000 tonnes of maize will be imported from Tanzania to avert hunger in the southern African nation.

Agriculture is Malawi’s mainstay, accounting for one-third of the economy and providing livelihoods for 80 per cent of the population of about 15 million people.

The United Nations World Food Program says $38 million is needed to help the most vulnerable during Malawi’s lean period because of the El Niño-related drought.

Goodall Gondwe is Malawi’s Finance Minister. He told parliament that importing 50,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania, in addition to a previous arrangement to import 30,000 tonnes from Zambia, would be enough to feed the affected population.

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