Maize flour procurement in progress -AGCOM – Capital Radio Malawi
15 April, 2024

Maize flour procurement in progress -AGCOM

Maize floor for insecure households courtesy of World Bank

The authorities are revealing that more tonnages of maize flour are in transit from South Africa and Tanzania to benefit food insecure households.

An estimated number of 1790,000 people from 8 districts are expected to benefit from the initiative.

This is part of the 23 thousand metric tons of maize flour which the government procured with the $20 million from the contingency emergency response funds.

This is procured by the WFP on behalf of the Malawi government under the Agriculture Commercialization (AGCOM) project.

National coordinator for AGCOM project Ted Nakhumwa stresses that the government is doing all it can to ensure that every household is food secure.

“We have started the distribution of the maize flour and more tonnages will be arriving this week. So far, more flour has already arrived from South Africa. Among the two countries,15 thousand metric tons of maize flour will be provided by South Africa while Tanzania will provide 8 tons,” revealed Nankhumwa.

Recently, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Michael Kaiyatsa pressed the authorities to go beyond the targeted 8 districts on food distribution.

Kaiyatsa said: “It is a well-known fact that people in all the three regions of the country are food insecure hence to target the 8 districts only will disadvantage others who are also food insecure.”

Nakhumwa has since emphasized that by mid-April this year, all the 23 thousand metric tons of maize flour being procured would have arrived in the country.

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