Zomba, Four years ago, Chrissy Josaya from Chimbalanga Village in the area of Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Ngwelero in Zomba dropped out of school in standard seven and life was a nightmare for her and her siblings.
However, Josaya joined the Food for Assets Programme (FFA) under World Food Programme (WFP) in 2016.
“With support from the programme, we no longer worry about food in our household because through the FFA programme, we work in our respective sections where we receive food items such as; 50kg bag of maize, 10kg bag of either beans or pigeon peas and 2 liters of cooking oil,” she narrated in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Monday.
Over the year, Josaya and her husband whom she married after dropping out of school have managed to start a small scale business all because the husband no longer has the burden of buying food for the family as WFP distributes some to its beneficiaries.
Commenting on the same programme, Lidson Rodwell, a committee member of FFA, from Traditional Authority Mbiza in Zomba said the programme of FFA by WFP has changed and touched the lives of many people from Group Villahe Headman (GVH) Taulo and Chimbalanga as they are working in; local manure production, fish pond construction and maintenance, and forest creation and protection.
The programmes benefit the villagers themselves as they are able to collect; timber and fruits from the forests and food and money from fish farming whilst the manure is used in their gardens to increase land fertility.
WFP introduced the program in response to a plea by the Malawi government to help with the problem of food shortages due to El Nino that hit the region and food shortages that are constantly hitting the region due to negative effects of climate change.
Through the programme since March 2017, beneficiaries started receiving cash amounting to K21, 200 per person instead of food due to maize shortages in WFP depots.
The FFA Project has over 1, 500 beneficiaries in the area of Sub Traditional Authority Ngwelero in Zomba alone.
The project which is sponsored by WFP receives funding from Germany.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA