11 December 2017
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Community concerned with low MVAC figures

Written by  Martin Chiwanda

Nsanje, November 30, MANA: Communities in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlolo in Nsanje District have expressed their concern over Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) figures of people earmarked to benefit from a cash transfer program from December to March, 2018.

Briefing members of T/A Mlolo Area Development Committee (ADC) members on Wednesday, the District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) disclosed that a total of 2, 444 beneficiaries will be targeted in the area for unconditional cash transfer under a program spearheaded by the Malawi Government and World Food Program (WFP).

However, reacting to the information, Councilor for Kalulu Ward, Rose Makiyi, told the DCPC that the figure is just very small considering that the area of T/A Mlolo has experienced a lot of challenges this year which have negatively affected their yield.

Councilor Makiyi singled out problems of Fall Armyworms and dry spells as some of the setbacks that greatly affected a lot of households in the district.

“Looking at the figure of 2, 444 which the government has allocated to us, it is just very small and cannot meet the population which has been affected by the fall army worms and dry spells.

“For instance, here in T/A Mlolo, when we fail to harvest through rains, we resort to winter cropping; however, this year, the crops dried up before maturing due to lack of water for irrigation,” she said.

Taking his turn, Group Village Headman (GVH) Chapinga concurred with the councilor, saying the figure is indeed too little and must be revised or it will just lead to mayhem in their community since almost all community members need the assistance.

“Our subjects in the villages will not understand this since they will need to be included as beneficiaries of the forthcoming unconditional cash transfers,” GVH Chapinga said.

Responding to the concerns, one of the DCPC members, Sherif Malunga, said they are equally concerned with the figure but pointed out that T/A Mlolo is the area which has also been allocated with more beneficiaries compared to other T/As in the district.

Malunga added that government and other development partners are also implementing some programs in the district where beneficiaries of MVAC cash transfers will be excluded.

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