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Plan International to distribute food to over 11,000 households in Karonga

Written by  Bishop Witmos

Karonga, October 20: Plan International Malawi in conjunction with the World Food Program (WFP) will from November this year food and transfer cash over 11, 000 vulnerable households in Karonga.

Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Manager for Plan International Malawi Tambuzgani Msiska disclosed this during a meeting with District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) members for Karonga recently.

Msiska said that the response is in line with findings by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) released in August this year which indicated that unlike previous years, 17 per cent of the population (2.8 million people) will be unable to meet their annual food requirements.

He said those to benefit from the response are from Lupembe and Mpata Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) in the area of Traditional Authority Kyungu, Nyungwe EPA in the area of Chief Mwirang`ombe and Vinthukutu EPA in the area of Chief  Wasambo.

“The exercise is expected to start in November this year up to March in 2016, and beneficiaries from T/As Kyungu and Wasambo will receive cash through banks, while those from T/A Mwirang`ombe will receive food items.

“However, not all people in such areas would benefit from the response as beneficiaries to the response must meet three of the criteria such as owning less than two acres of land and unable to hire out land both for food and cash, not owning major common livestock, and without formal wage, among others.

“Therefore, I would like to appeal to the DCPC members to select beneficiaries following the criteria and without bias,” said Msiska.

The response is sponsored by partners like United Kingdom Aid, United States Aid, Brazil, Italy, and Malawi.

Earlier this year, President Professor Peter Mutharika made an appeal for well-wishers to assist those affected by disasters.

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