WFP scales up operations in MalawiListen /
The World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up its relief operations in Malawi where nearly 1.5 million people are in need of food assistance.
This week, the agency alongside the government and partners launched a relief operation to meet a rise in the country's food needs at the onset of a lean season resulting from bad weather and high food prices.
WFP Representative in Malawi Coco Ushiyama says they're "racing against time" to secure enough funding to pre-position stocks ahead of the rainy season and before food and transport rates increase further.
Those in need will receive a balanced food basket that includes maize, pulses, vegetable oil and a fortified corn/soy blend known as SuperCereal that can be made into a nutritious porridge.
Cash transfers for the most vulnerable to buy their own food will also be used in areas where market conditions allow.
WFP will also procure as much food as possible from smallholder farmers as part of its Purchase for Progress initiative.
The agency says this ensures that farmers not affected by crop failure will have a chance to increase their income.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.