Hunger in the news

13 February 2012

Malawi’s maize-growing central and southern regions have not had good rains, prompting concerns about possible shortages of the staple in the coming months.

20 January 2012

Ten districts in Malawi — nine in the South and one in the Centre—are expected to receive relief food from WFP following shortages that have hit these areas due to erratic rainfall. The World Food Programme (WFP) and three of the country’s donors have since embarked on a Targeted Food Distribution Support Programme to the Malawi Government to rescue the more than 201,000 people expected to be affected.

19 December 2011

Devaluation, fuel shortages and economic mismanagement have conspired to push staple food prices to “alarming levels” in urban areas of Malawi, where even catching a bus to work has become an unaffordable luxury for many, according to residents and analysts.

3 November 2011

Irish Aid has granted K255 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) for Community Management of Acute Malnutrition Supplementary Feeding Programme for the next four years. (..)"This grant is part of the commitment of the people and government of Ireland to ensure that Malawian households are better nourished, food secure and less vulnerable to poverty," Higgins said.

5 October 2010

About 18, 000 food insecure households in Nsanje District will soon start getting food provisions courtesy of the World Food Programme (WFP). (..) The District Commissioner Rodney Simwaka confirmed in an interview on Saturday both the food scarcity and the upcoming food distribution by WFP. “People in the district do not have food from their own production because of dry spell. So the World Food Programme will soon start distributing food to 18,000 farm families in all the nine T/As.

2 July 2010

Malawi has become the latest country to join an innovative scheme by which the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) buys surplus from local farmers’ organizations for its aid operations, thereby helping to boost agricultural production and incomes in developing nations. (..) “WFP is working with the ACE to help them to sell their surplus by attracting more traders, leading to a more competitive and transparent market,” the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, said in a statement, adding that WFP has already bought over 3,100 tons of food commodities through the exchange.

24 May 2010

At least one million people could face acute food shortage in Malawi between this June and march next year .The latest report by the food security monitoring initiative famine early warning system network [fewsnet] has revealed. (..) However the humanitarian response committee comprising of the country’s ministry of Agriculture, Department of Disaster preparedness, UN agencies such as World food programme [WFP] and UNICEF is expected to meet this week to plan its response.

19 January 2010

It may sound crazy but it is true. Nutrition experts have calculated economic losses resulting from poor diet in Malawi. A cumulative figure of over US$446 million about K68 billion is said to be lost between 2006 and 2015 if the current trend is never addressed.

20 November 2009

Food or education? Public spending choices are never easy. But in Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, the choices are particularly stark. The government has made "food security" - which means making sure people have enough to eat - the top priority for government spending.

29 September 2009

In a country where maize crop surplus fills the national storehouses to capacity, farmers Ida and Montfort Salijeni and their four children have turned to wild tubers for food.
The Salijeni family's misfortune is that they grew a crop - cotton - that failed to sell.
And they are not the only farming family struggling to survive, across the country other cotton farmers are in a similar situation. It is a situation many blame on government, which has been in a protracted disagreement with buyers over minimum prices.