Food for the Hungry Providing Food in Malawi Where Millions Face Food Shortages

Food for the Hungry
Monday, 1 April 2002

Food for the Hungry (FH) is partnering with Tearfund UK to provide food and relief in Malawi, where prolonged drought and floods are threatening millions. Up to 80 percent of Malawi's population of 10 million are affected by food shortages.

The southern Africa region has struggled with long-term drought, compounded by flooding over a large portion of the country. The Evangelical Association of Malawi reports that people have collapsed and died from hunger while foraging in the bush and even in churches. A group of Roman Catholic Church leaders noted recently that people in some parishes are eating roots, leaves, and unripe fruits and vegetables in desperate attempts to survive.

Maize prices have risen as much as 400 percent, far outside the reach of most families. Meanwhile, livestock prices have plummeted, and farmers cannot earn enough to buy food. Many people are streaming into towns and cities begging for food. The Government of Malawi and the United Nations report that many schools have closed because hungry children do not have the energy to attend. Additionally, cholera is spreading in some areas as a result of the flooding.

FH and Tearfund are working with the Evangelical Association of Malawi and the River of Life Evangelical Church to distribute food in three targeted districts of Chikwawa, Nsanje, and Karonga. Tearfund partners in southern Africa are becoming increasingly concerned about food shortages throughout the region including in Zimbabwe and Zambia. About 300 people have died so far, and the harvest, which will be gathered in April, will be poor.

Food for the Hungry is an international relief and development agency of Christian motivation, helping those who are affected by floods, famines, earthquakes, war, hunger, and poverty. Projects include agriculture, income generation, health care, water and sanitation, child sponsorship, and relief. To help with relief efforts in Malawi or for more information, call 1-800-2-HUNGER or visit our Web site.

For more information, or to contact Food for the Hungry, see their website at: www.fh.org

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