“I declare Malawi (in) a state of national disaster following prolonged dry spells during the 2015/16 agriculture season” – President Peter Mutharika of Malawi
Malawi has declared a state of emergency over crumbling food shortages caused by a severe drought, whilst concerns grow over a hunger crisis spreading across much of southern Africa.
President Peter Mutharika in a recent statement says that Malawi’s maize production has dropped by 12 per cent, leaving it short of about 1 million tonnes of maize needed to feed the population.
Therefore, United Nations (UN) figures postulate that about 2.8 million Malawians – nearly 20 per cent of the population – face food insecurity, making the country one of the worst hit in southern and eastern Africa, where the current drought affects 50 million people.
Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zambia are also suffering food supply problems, while South Africa has said the recent drought is its worst in more than 100 years.