CATHOLIC BISHOP’S STATEMENT ON MALAWI FOOD INSECURITY CRISIS

Bishop MsusaWe, the Bishops of the Catholic Church in Malawi, having reflected on the food insecurity situation in our country, have resolved to make few comments, observations and recommendations on this matter of magnitude importance to God’s creatures wellbeing.

It is disheartening and painful to think of our 6.5 million brothers and sisters in Christ, who the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee Report (MVAC, 2016) has indicated as needing humanitarian assistance for them to continue living a dignified life.

THE 2016/17 NATIONAL BUDGET IS RESPONDING TO FOOD CRISIS-CISANET

Woman carries relief maizeThe 2016/2017 agriculture budget is probably the most unique budget in the past 10 years, in its design and also priorities, writes CISANET National Director Tamani Nkhono-Mvula.

We have seen in this budget a reduction in allocation to the ‘sacred’ Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) as a percentage of the whole agriculture budget by about 50% from MK60 billion in the 2015/2016 budget to MK31 billion.