World Vision International says the droughts happening in Southern African countries including Malawi will continue with increasing regularity.
World Vision’s Resilience and Livelihood Director for Southern Africa Beatrice Mwangi says trends are showing that the droughts which were happening every five years will now be coming every three to five years.
“We are in a crisis all right, that is true, but it’s going to be the new norm. So our responses need to appreciate there is climate change and it’s going to affect the people that we work with, the communities we serve.
“Our responses also need to focus on the short term, the medium term, but the long term as well,” Mwangi told The Guardian.
According to the United Nations, Southern Africa is having its worst drought in 35 years.
The dry spell – a symptom of the global El Nino weather pattern – has reduced the prospect of bumper grain harvest in in the region including in Malawi where already close to 3 million Malawians are in need of food aid.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Dedza East Juliana Lunguzi believes the country has failed to counter effects of the drought even though the impacts of El Niño are predictable.
She said: “We knew that we were going to have an El Niño in Malawi. I’m thinking, OK what you are telling me, it’s exactly what you told me last year.
“You’re supposed to prepare, but when you look on what we have done as a country you will see that mainly we are facing these problems because of our lack of proper investment in the agriculture sector and also accountability, especially in the transition of the various loans that we have taken, and because of laxity within the system.”