Malawi’s Poorest Families Face Food Crisis by June, Fewsnet Says

Malawi’s poorest households will face a food crisis by June, according to the Famine Early Warning Network System, the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded monitoring agency.

“This is because households with limited harvests, particularly in districts in the south, will start to engage in irreversible coping strategies in order to earn income for market purchases,” the agency said in a report.

Malawi earlier this week declared the country’s ongoing drought a national disaster after the El Nino weather pattern resulted in an acute food shortage. The southern African nation needs 1.3 million metric tons of corn to address the deficit, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

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