LILONGWE--Malawi’s Presidential Initiative on Poverty and Hunger Reduction will on Saturday, November 2, 2012 hold a fundraising event aimed at mobilizing resources towards the hunger affected households in the country.
During the 2011/2012 growing season, a number of districts in Malawi experienced unfavorable weather conditions that consequently affected crop development and ultimately led to localized low crop production, according to a statement issued by the organizers Wednesday.
This is the third consecutive bad year for the most vulnerable group to food insecurity.
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report shows that over 1.6 million people are projected to face annual food deficits ranging from three to eight months during the 2012/2013 consumption year.
The affected population represents 11 percent of the country’s population. The affected families are from the districts of Balaka, Neno, Nsanje, Ntcheu, Phalombe, Salima, Thyolo, Zomba, Machinga, Dedza, Chikhwawa, Mulanje, Blantyre Mwanza and Mangochi.
Meanwhile, government in conjunction with World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food items to some affected households.
As such, the event seeks to provide an opportunity for Malawians and friends of Malawi to contribute to humanitarian response. Pres Joyce Banda will be the guest of honor and entry fee is K20,000 or 5 bags of maize.
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