Hunger fears loom in Malawi after poor harvest
A 50 kilogram bag of maize is going for roughly 7,000 kwacha (17 dollars). Now that many families are eating mangoes to survive, the villagers of Lulanga, along the southern tip of Lake Malawi, are sure they're facing a food shortage. Villagers say they exhausted their stocks of maize - Malawi's staple food - in August.
He blames the hunger on bad weather and the high price of farming goods like fertilizers. The government, Malume says, should have done more to help the agricultural sector.
Aisha Mussa, a local resident, says even people who have some money cannot afford costly imported maize. We also have some families that are surviving on mangoes," she says.
What will happen to the people in January or February? People cannot survive on mangoes forever before they will start starving to death. I hope someone will come to our rescue soon," Mussa bemoans.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online