Malawi’s over-reliance on donors blamed for current hunger

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The maize crisis that Malawi is currently facing has been blamed on the country’s over dependence on donors.

Economic experts say policies such as the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) which are aimed at ensuring food security depend on aid and since budgetary support dried up due to the cashgate scandal, it has been difficult for government to finance the programme.

Goodall Gondwe and Peter Mutharika

Gondwe and President Peter Mutharika have work to do on hunger situation.

“There is no doubt that the fertilizer subsidy was only feasible due to donor support. At best, it was unsustainable without continued donor support, at worst, it was an illusion built on aid,” said Ed Hobey, an analyst at Africa Risk Consulting.

Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe also told Reuters recently that the government will have to scale down expenditure on FISP in reaction to diminishing resources of funds for the budget.

FISP was launched in 2005 by former President Bingu wa Mutharika to provide subsistence farmers with two coupons which can be redeemed for two 50-kg bags of fertilizer. The beneficiaries make a modest contribution while government foots most of the bill.

Last year, a combination of floods, intermittent rainfall and prolonged dry spells at critical stages of maize development, led to a food deficit of 223,723 metric tonnes, for the first time since the introduction of FISP.

An assessment by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) shows that 2.8 million people in the country are facing hunger.

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  1. Mulungu sangalole ana ake kuti tizivutika chifukwa cha munthu m’modz, apanga zomwezo anachita muchaka cha 2012 kutumiza mngelo wake ochedwa cardiac arrest i

  2. The beginning always difficult,now de gv has learn alot not to depend on donors although they had gone but we have manag to survive lo….

  3. THE HUNGER PROBLEM ITS NOT DONOR AID ITS BECAUSE OF CASHGATE BECAUSE YOU ARE FAILING TO CONFISCATE CASHGATE MONEY AND SELLING CASHGATE PROPERTIES TO PUT THAT MONEY IN GOVERNMENT TO BUY MAIZE AND PAY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND BUYING MEDICINES IN HOSPITALS AND YOU ASKING DONORS TO COME BACK WHAT A JOKE !