On visit to Malawi, UN chief of humanitarian aid calls for response to causes of food insecurity

Mozambican child refugees prepare food at Kapise camp in Malawi's Mwanza district January 18, 2016. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – After a two-day visit to Malawi, UN chief of Humanitarian aid Mark Lowcock said on Saturday that a food crisis was averted thanks to humanitarian assistance, but called for measures to address the root causes of food insecurity affecting the country.

“With an immediate food crisis averted, it is tempting to relax our efforts, but action must be taken to address the root causes of chronic food insecurity in Malawi,” Lowcock said in a press release issued by the government.

“Diversifying the agricultural economy, adopting more market-friendly policies, building resilience to address climate change and recurring droughts, and further strengthening the social protection system are real priorities,” he added. “We must also continue to provide needs-based humanitarian assistance for the rest of the lean season, to give the most vulnerable people the best chance of recovery.”

The most recent projections suggest that food production in 2019 will be better than last year. But Malawi faces a lean season every year, which typically spans from October to April, with millions of people across the country threatened with increased food insecurity.

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