Presbyterian World Service & Development is supporting Churches Action in Relief and Development with a four-month humanitarian food assistance project in Mulanje District, Malawi. In late January 2022, southern Malawi was severely hit by tropical storm Ana which displaced close to two hundred thousand households and led to severe food and crop losses. Mulanje District was one of the worst affected areas.
A previous project supported the most affected people who lived in schools and other designated shelters with two months of cash transfers. Due to very poor harvests, people are still experiencing high levels of food insecurity (IPC3) during this current lean season, lasting until the end of April. This project will provide three rounds of cash transfers targeting the same households from the previous project.
This will allow participants to purchase immediate food supplies from local markets. Each month, households will receive MK 40,000 (approximately $53 CDN) which is expected to cover the monthly minimum food requirements.
2,500 households (approximately 12,500 individuals) are planned to receive this assistance. Participants will also receive vegetable seeds and sweet potato cuttings to strengthen their recovery.