29 August 2016 Last updated at: 8:50 AM
Malawi prisons intensify farming
The Malawi Prison Service says it has intensified farming initiatives in the country’s prisons in order to address the challenge of food shortages in the correctional facilities.
Public relations officer for Malawi Prison Service Smart Maliro said for a long time the county’s prisons have been affected by food shortage hence the decision to turn to farming.
According to Maliro, the prison service hopes the program will help the prisons to have enough food for the present and the future instead of only relying on state funding for food items.
“The government cannot afford to provide food in the country’s prison as such this program will help to address such issues,” he said.
Some of the crops that the country’s prisons cultivate include vegetables such as mustard and cabbages.
The program has been implemented at a time when the country is still recovering from a food shortage crisis that has left over six million Malawians in need of food aid.
Earlier this year government encouraged hospitals and prisons in the country to use available resources to grow their own food.