Ntcheu, Over 250 vulnerable households in Ntcheu district has been relieved from hunger before this year’s harvest period after Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM) gave them maize.
The donation comes as CADECOM under Dedza Diocese is implementing a three-year food security project in the district with funding from Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).
The donation also follows prolonged dry spells that affected most crops during 2015/16 growing season leaving the majority of the households food insecure.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency, the organization’s Income Generating Activity Officer responsible for Ntcheu, Mwayi Lungu disclosed that the donation will help to address food insecurity among benefiting households.
“Some people have already started harvesting this year’s crops for food, a development which could in the long run lead to food shortage amongst some households as early as September, hence the donation which is meant to cover this gap,” said Lungu.
To 34 year-old woman, Elizabeth Jefule of Kaudza Village, the donation comes as a relief to her and her three children since they had no food.
Jefule a person living with disability and uses a wheelchair could not hide her excitement stating she will make good use of the maize.
“This maize is meant to feed my family, and I will make sure that I use it for the intended purpose, I also appeal to other organizations to emulate the gesture which has been demonstrated by CADECOM as we are still in a lean period in which we need more support in terms of food,” said Jefule.
The SCIAF funded project which is in its second year supports 500 vulnerable households from villages surrounding Group Village Headman Kaudza under Traditional Authority Njolomole in the district.
The project seeks to address food insecurity and increase benefiting household’s income through effective crop and livestock production and small scale business.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA