Presbyterian World Service and Development is supporting Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) with a four-month humanitarian food assistance project in Mulanje District, Malawi.
In mid-March 2023, southern Malawi was severely hit by cyclone Freddy resulting in over 1,200 people dying, displacing close to 600,000 households and severe destruction of housing, assets and food and crop losses. Once again, Mulanje District was one of the worst affected areas. This is the third major cyclone hitting southern Malawi in the last five years.
This project will provide two rounds of cash transfers targeting the most severely hit households. This will allow participants to purchase immediate food supplies from local markets.
For each of the two months, households will receive MK 50,700 (approximately $64 CDN) which is expected to cover their monthly minimum food requirements. 2,500 households (approximately 12,500 individuals) are planned to receive this assistance. 1,500 participants with access to irrigated land will also receive vegetable seeds and sweet potato cuttings to plant during the current winter cropping season and all 2,500 participating households will receive a starter pack containing seeds and fertilizer for the upcoming main cropping season to strengthen their recovery.