Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE & FOOD SECURITY
Location: FIVE SOUTHERN AND TWO CENTRAL DISTRICTS
To prevent loss of human life and maintain the nutritional status of the population affected by the flood in the seven most-hit districts.
The proposed emergency relief assistance is part of an operation being mounted by bilateral and multilateral organisations. Following the joint assessment with the Government, the World Food Programme (WFP) extended its emergency response operation of last year and continued food distribution. The World Food Programme had estimated that about US$1,600,000 would be required to meet the cost of food aid for the displaced persons for three months. The WFP would provide the affected households with food [consisting of maize, beans, iodised salt, oil and likuni phala (extruded soya/cereal/vitamin/trace element concentrate)] rationed to provide 1,900 kCal of energy and 56g pro tein to adults and children over five years old, and 1,200 kCal of energy and 45g protein to the under-fives.
The proposed assistance will provide resources for the procurement and distribution of food to prevent loss of human life and maintain the nutritional status of the population affected by floods. The food basket will provide at least 1,900 kCal of energy per person per day, with children, particularly the under-fives being properly fed. The beneficiaries will be the displaced population in the seven flood-prone districts of Chikwawa, Machinga, Nsanje, Phalombe and Zomba districts in the South Region; and Nkhotakota and Salima in the Central Region
.5The Government of Malawi has difficulties putting into place mediu m and long-term measures to prevent or absorb such natural mishaps. It is noteworthy that a National Disaster Preparedness and Relief Fund is in place. However, it is never adequately funded to enable the DDPRR effectively respond to disasters. For instance, the DDPRR received only a token sum equivalent to US$110,000 from Government (compared to US$462,000 last year). Although Government has provided land and shelter materials and encouraged people in some communities in flood-prone districts to resettle in less risky areas close to their farmlands, a lot still remains to be accomplished in terms of providing basic infrastructure such as potable water and access roads.