WFP gears up food relief for thousands in Malawi

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WFP nutrition programme helps poor families in Malawi

More than 1.6 million people in Malawi will need food assistance in the coming months due to crop failure and high food prices according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

As many as 15 out of the country's 28 districts are affected by the deteriorating food security.

WFP says prolonged dry spells have affected the production of maize which is the country's staple food crop weakening the resilience and coping mechanisms of many families.

Retail maize prices have already increased by 50 per cent compared to the same period last year and are expected to increase further during the lean season.

Elisabeth Byrs of WFP says the planned food assistance is expected to last until March 2013.

"Late rains resulted in decreased maize production by as much as 40 per cent in some areas, and consequently the poorest families they cannot cope. The prices are too high. This combination has created those 1.6 million in need of assistance. We are also preparing cash transfer to the most vulnerable. This will enable those families buy their own  food."

Duration 33"

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