Malawi hunger: Locals back to eating Madeya

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As millions are expected to be affected by severe hunger in Malawi this year, this publication has established that some residents in parts of Mzuzu have already began depending on ‘madeya’ (maize husks) as a replacement for maize flour.

A visit to several maize mills across the city on Thursday, found people scrambling for the product which in most cases was going at not less than MK300 per tin.

According to some residents who spoke to this paper, Madeya is much cheaper than buying the actual maize that most vendors sell at a minimum price of MK2800 per 20 kilogram which is almost double the price for the same at ADMARC.

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Malawi hunger. (Photo Credit, Dan Church Aid.

“ADMARC is unreliable these days, they sell maize to vendors and each time we go there, they keep telling us they have no maize thus to buy from vendors requires more money. We find our relief in Madeya,” said Martha Gunde.

Most women echoed the same saying poor people have no choice. They have to eat what is available provided their berries are full before going to bed.

In Mzuzu, even those people who have the privilege of having maize do not leave madeya at the maize mill anymore because they have realized that with the impending hunger they have to make use of the product.

“After we mill our maize, we demand for our Madeya these days because we realize it has importance later. Nobody leaves the product here it has become important with the hunger affecting people in the country,” said Eunice Mhango, a Mzuzu resident.

Millers also expressed dissatisfaction at how hunger has affected their work. Humph Chikoza who mills at Chimwemwe maize mills in the city told our reporter that business is unusual this time.

“With the hike in price for milling and the hunger, our business is at threat. We close the day with sometimes MK 2000 only but we have to buy credit from Escom which nowadays is also exorbitant. It’s not working as usual,” said Chikoza.

Records show that a related experience was last faced during Bakili Muluzi’s reign between 2001 and 2002 when people survived on banana roots and Madeya though that time it also became scarce.

Meanwhile people are still banking on government’s promise that it will work round the clock to make sure nobody dies of hunger in the country.

Government has also assured Malawians that it will deal with anybody involved in selling ADMARC products to vendors while the country is on a threat of hunger.

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131 Comments

  1. Inu a Malawi 24 ndi zitsiru zedi kuno kunzuzu chimanga kondowole ndiwambri zedi ndipo palibe angadye deya mwina mukanati ndalama yavuta yogulira chakudya zikananveka koma eish inu ndiwopanda chulungamo komanso ngati mukufuna kunyazisa ena ndiinu opanda nzeru chifuwa palibe boma limene lingakwanise kumugulila aliyense chakudya eish shame on u

  2. i don’t thnk that is happening.its too early for this. .chmanga chlipo chambiri.despte the price being high..mwaona makomo angat? Musanayime pachulupa?

    • Nkhani si number ya makomo or kuti chimanga chikupezeka. Chimanga chilipo koma anthu avutikawo alibe mwayi opeza nawo chimangacho. Even ikhale khomo limodzi u mean amenewo atafa ndi njala palibe vuto? U must have sympathy and empathy we are all humans. What do u mean when u say its too early? Ngati iwe ukuona kuwala dziwa kuti ena ayamba kale kuoma mdima mchifukwa akufuula. Ukamadya ndikukhuta dziwa Mulungu asintha nthawi ungadzazione ngati simunaphunzire iwe ana ako

  3. Muzilemba nkhani zowona ndipo zomwe zikuchitika. Ngati mumafuna kuyalutsa boma nkhani yake isamakhale yopeka ngati iyi ayi. Dziwanso kuti njala ikubwera ku Malawi kuno osati chifukwa cha izi ayi: 1= ulesi wa a Malawi, 2= Bvuto la boma, 3= kapena chifukwa cha chipani chomwe chikulamula. Inu panokha muli ndi mzeru zomwe mungathe kuzigwiritsa ntchito popeza zifukwa zomwe zikubweretsa njala m’Malawi muno.
    Zilembani zowona osati nkhada zanuzo.

  4. Zimandikhudza nkamaona magazine akuja akamaonetsa Ana aku Malawi athiti ndioonda. Ndy iwe wa 24 mMalawi uzipanganso chimozimozi!!? Wandikwiyitsa kwambiri, zoti kuli Ana a obesity kaamba kodya bwino mmalawi Muno suziwa!!! Usazapangenso attach this photo for good I beg

  5. Pajatu ena amadya nsima ya deya kaamba ka ndiwo zake, komabe mwina nkutheka kuti ena akudya kaamba kanjala. Ngati deya akupezeka ndekuti chimanga chilipo ndithu mwina ikungovuta ndi ndalama poti zinthu zafika posauzana abale

  6. Palibe akudya deya k mz,boza limenelo mwina munawona amene akugula deya,amapitisa ku tanzania amakadyesela ngombe,osama chitisa manyazi dziko lathu pls mulungu azakwiya nanu.

  7. Hede Malawi 24 ndikakuyesa kuti umalemba zinthu zoti waziwona kani ndiwe chitsilekwete chimanga chambiri chimalimidwa kuti ndipo gaga wambiri amachoka ndi kupita chigawo chiti muno malawi?Ngati zolemba zikusowa muli free ku mandipeza sibodza mwaliswa apali

  8. ndemanga zanu ndazinva mukusoweka volntia so amene wapangidwa attack ndikhaniy kumbukilan kuti amadyetsa mbalame zot sizilima kulibwanji inu wammwamba sataya wake mwakomanonse

  9. Kkkkkkk…ngati mtauni ya Mzuzu mukuti anthu ayamba kudya deya nde kulili kumudzi chaku Mpherembebuko anthu adya udzutu kkkkkkk…koma utolankhani winawu kkkkkkk

  10. chimene ndaona apa whate we call Amalawi 24 chilichose chimene mumalemba mumalimbana ndi boma ya DPP koma mungotaya thawi yanu sizingasithe kathu mumangoyika khani zo peka apa musiye zimenezo

  11. Admin kweni kweni umafuna chani ukamalemba zovunda zakoz,nthawi zina uzichita manyaz lik human being.just come over zomba thondwe we wil giv u free maize osat zamadeya zokozo,stupid admn.

    • And in Western countries it is sold in health food stores as “bran’, which is rich in fibre and helps to maintain intestinal health!

  12. MADEYA OR GAGA is another type of maize flour.myself ndimadya ndi thelele or utaka,matemba,etc.Deya msima yake ena amangoikonda basi.kodi awawa akadamadya mpunga or nthochi ya ku misuku mukadati kuli njala?kapena amangozikonda dzakudyazo?

  13. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk madness malawi24 even donors they cannot come open because of this issue tazilembani nkhani zenizeni

  14. Tsono ngati chimanga kulibe madeya akupezeka bwanji.popeza madeya amachoka kuchimanga . Njala ya 2001 ngakhale madeyawo samapezeka mukufuna kunena kuti chiani inu. Attention seekers , kukonda kulemba zogawanitsa anthu , mmalo molemba zoluzanitsa. #malawi 24 must fall.

    • Where r u failing to understand? Akuti chimanga is at k2800, and pipo with little money r going for madeya. Osati chimanga kulibe, kukanakhala kulibe sakananena mtengo komanso kumene mavendor akuchipeza. Pliz read to understand things, don’t take everything political. Ma comment anu ndi amene ali opasula osati kumanga.

  15. mzuzu? mwalakwisa admin I tink people will never suffer hunger never unless its politics malawi24 or unless u wot agurment or get noticed dats fine bt nt dat pipo eating. madeya madeya its 4 pigs nt human

  16. Man Chimanga cha k7000 per bag chilipati muno mu mzuzu?….vuto ndiloti inu mukusungidwa m’town, bwerera mmidzimu…

  17. aaaah iwe admi wameza sato eti…mzuzu wake uti..tamakamba malo omwe mazi osefukila anasakaza osati Mzuzu..tikugula 50kg lachimanga 7gland..ngati ukufuna ubwere paden zakuguliseko

  18. you media lemban mwachilungamo not this, mzuzu is not a place to play your kadingoli no one is eating maize husks in mzuzu, you mad fox

  19. let us pray to God not to politicians,time will Let us pray,our father in heaven do the same as you did to the Israelites,you gave them food for them to survive,its only your intervention that can ease this hunger,let the whole country know that you are a provider of love and mercy,give us love,hope,courage and strength to praise your name .

  20. tidzidyabe nsima ya ufa wadeyawo ndeye vuto ndichani bola to fill up de stomach mimba ilibe galas kukhuta ndikukhuta palibe kusiyana

  21. Mafunso 2 verse 1-24 Apezeka bwanji madeya popanda chimanga chache? Mwakuti amalawi 24 adzakakamula kwakutha patsikulo.Plz gather more evidence plz,before taking it to public.

  22. anthu anasiya kudya deya ndie ayamba chaka chino?Deya amadyedwa chaka ndi chaka musanamize anthu apa ngakhale mvula igwe bwino chotani mwasowa cholemba eti?

  23. Mmmh nde zalawiliratu. Koma a Malawi24 mukunena zowona inu? Osati munangomuwona mmodzi akudya nsima imeneyi basi mwati mupeze cholemba? Coz alipo anthu ena chaka ndi chaka amadya gaga olo mvula igwe bwino

  24. Mwauma ntima mufuna mutiphedi ndi njala. Nthawi yovota ikayandikila tizakuonani mukutipasa chakudya ngati mulinafe chikondi chenicheni. Mulungu akuziwa zonse ndithu tikufa ndithu koma malonjezo anu aja ……… Zikomo ndife opusa inu ochenjera zilandilani ma allowance anu kumeneko

      • Lets just accept the terrible situation in which we are my fellow malawians,the truth is ,we do not have enough food as we used to have in the past ,everybody knows the reason for this ,thus there is non to blame,no stupid comments ,coz what u have in your kitchen,is not what everybody has in their kitchen,we did not receive the required amounts of rainfall in the past season and this has nothing to do with the government ,since the government doesn’t bring about rainfall, does it?

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