Food For Kids provides food for children in over 18 countries around the world. Currently, our greatest need for this project is focused on supporting Malawi, a country experiencing extreme weather conditions including a massive drought, and devastating hundreds of thousands of acres of maize resulting in fears of another possible famine.
Malawi is located in southeast Africa, with a population of almost 16 million people residing in a country smaller than the state of Pennsylvania. Its staple crop is maize, and Malawians rely on this food as their primary source of sustenance.
In the 2014/2015 maize harvesting season, erratic weather conditions such as severe flooding and long dry spells, devastated Malawi’s agriculture yield. This resulted in a record decline of a staggering one million metric tons less maize from the previous season.
Destroyed fields of maize in Katsumwa, Malawi
According to UNICEF, as a result of this year’s flooding, nearly 160,000 acres of land have been damaged, heavily impacting a country where most of its people survive from subsistence farming, in which farmers produce only enough crops to feed themselves and their families. Crops of maize have been destroyed, and prompted Malawi President Peter Mutharika to declare that half the country is in a disaster zone. The frequency of droughts and floods makes Malawi’s economic development even more challenging for a population already weakened by poverty.
Malawi’s National Director for Civil Society Agriculture Network, Tamani Nkhono-Mvula, stated that “we need assurance that no Malawian dies of hunger and that Malawi has enough food.”
Underdeveloped maize as a result of devastating weather conditions in Katsumwa, Malawi
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Good Neighbors’ priority is to assist our project site locations in Malawi with the resources to purchase imported maize. There is a Community Development Committee (CDC) made up of local community leaders and residents at each project site location. The members manage their own finances, develop ways to save money in case of emergencies, and collectively vote on ways to spend the money to improve their community.
As a result of the flood, drought and low yield of maize this season, each CDC has voted to spend their savings on purchasing imported maize so their people do not starve; however, they don’t have enough funds to purchase the amounts necessary to survive.
Community Development Committee meeting in Chiwoza, Malawi
The imported maize will be sold to residents at less than 50% of the market value, with a portion of the sale being saved and deposited back into the CDC’s bank account as reserves for the future.
Please join Good Neighbors in providing aid to the people of Malawi. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to the purchase of maize so that Malawians won’t suffer from hunger this season.