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Govt, Partners Challenged on Hunger Response

A beneficiary receiving cash from an official A beneficiary receiving cash from an official - pic by Ronnex Chiwanda

Agnes Binali, 37, from Chiopsa village under Traditional Authority (TA) Mkhumba in Phalombe, wore a joyful smile on Monday as she received K150,000.00 through the Enhanced Public Works Program, commonly known as M’bwezera Chilengedwe.

Speaking to Zodiak Online, Binali expressed gratitude, stating that the money would alleviate the hunger affecting her family, often enduring days without food.

 She said she would use part of the money to support her children's education and purchase maize for the family's sustenance.

"This money has come at the right time. I will use it wisely to buy food and meet other basic needs," said Binali.

She urged the government and development partners to persist in supporting households grappling with hunger, a consequence of Tropical Cyclone Freddy-induced floods that devastated crops.

Esme Kanseu, of Makhonja village under TA Nazombe, also praised the timely support, mentioning her surprise at receiving such a substantial amount to purchase food for her family.

Kanseu, who used to buy 2 kilograms of maize daily, explained that with K150,000.00, she can now secure maize for three months, following authorities' advice.

"Buying food daily was challenging. Going to a maize mill with only 2 kilograms felt embarrassing. I applaud the government for the timely support," remarked Chimwala.

Country director for World Food Program (WFP) in Malawi, Paul Turnbull, said he is impressed with the cash distribution exercise.

Turnbull said his organization is focused on improving the welfare of households affected by hunger fueled by the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy

The government of Malawi is distributing maize and money to hunger stricken households with financial from support World Food Program and other partners under the cash plus interventions to enable households to purchase food during the lean season, according to authorities in the district.

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