Empowering communities through emergency response

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Mazaza Mhango in his Maize field before harvesting (CADECOM), Dec 2019).

With support from Caritas Internationalis (CI) CADECOM Mzuzu responded to 2018/2019 emergency response this was in line with 2018 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment (MVAC) Report. The Integrated food security Phase Classification Projected(IPC) that 3,306,405 were worse and would therefore require humanitarian assistance ranging from 2 to 6 months period during the 2018/2019 consumption year in 27 districts in Malawi.

In response to this, the government of Malawi, in collaboration with other humanitarian partners, CADECOM inclusive developed a food insecurity response plan to address the needs of the affected communities and meet gaps in food security and nutrition.

CADECOM Mzuzu Diocese responded in T/A Chisovya under VDC’s of Lukali and Chiskemba to 150 beneficiaries. The response focused on long term resilience building needs which were sweet potato vines. The response distributed Maize seeds and assorted vegetable seeds for winter cropping and backyard vegetable gardens.

Mazaza Mhango one of the beneficiaries, born in 1980 from the area of Group village Headman Baghaya, traditional Authority Chisovya in Rumphi district and married with 3 children.

Being one of the beneficiaries of CI project, Mazaza explained how he benefited from the project. Mazaza has 0.25 acres close to the irrigation scheme where he specializes mostly in Maize farming. Before the project, he had insufficient food in the house hence the household had little to consume, no means of generating income to buy necessity as agriculture is the only source of income for his family and lack of seedlings for planting as it was carried away by water in farms. As stated, Food insecurity was not the only problem as Mazaza only relied on farming as a source of income. He sells the surplus food to generate income. The coming in of the project rehabilitated the life of Mazaza. The changing of been Food insecure to food secure as one of the outcome. What also impressed Mazaza most was the resilient component where he received 2KGs of maize seed, 25KGs of Tobacco Pellets and 100Gs of Tomato seedlings. Mazaza had this to say “am very happy with support from CI currently am able to sustain my life from the yields that am getting other than receiving food items which I could have eat for a day or a month”

Mazaza managed to harvest 6 bags of 50Kgs of Maize using the Maize seedlings received and tobacco pellets. With this quantity been harvested Mazaza was able to feed his family and also able to generate income for his family necessity.

Edward Nyasulu in his one of the compartments of maize field before harvesting (CADECOM, Dec 2019)

Edward Nyasulu also one of the beneficiary of CI project from Group Village Headman Kaboma, Traditional Authority Chisovya in Rumphi district. He was born in 1965 and married with 5 children.

Before the project, Edward faced a lot of problems including food insecurity as one of them. Poverty was also at peak in the house because the household heavily relied on farming for most household necessities including money to pay for school fees for his child who is in Secondary school (Form 2). It was not long before CADECOM came in to do some further assessments in the catchment area after the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report. Edward was identified as one of the beneficiaries to benefit from the CI emergency appeal program. Edward explained why he was among the selected group of the beneficiaries, he said “Am able to utilize the available resources given a chance of a starter, the community knows me very well when it comes to the utilization of the available resources and was one of the affected person therefore required humanitarian assistance. But food insecurity is a closed chapter in my family and we say thank you CADECOM”.

Edward Nyasulu in his other compartment of Maize field after harvesting (CADECOM, Dec 2018)

Edward have 2 compartments of 0.25acres and cultivates in different phases which helps him generate profits as agriculture produces are readily available in different time zones and in different prices and this gives him chance to compare prices hence able to differentiate the good time zone to sell his surplus agriculture produce. He managed to receive 1KG of maize and 25KGs of Tobacco Pellets. After cultivating, Edward managed to harvest 7 bags of 50Kgs of Maize in early Dec 2019 on the first 0.25acre of his and 6 bags of 50KGs of maize in the other 0.25 acre which have been harvested this same year (Jan, 2020). This prompted food security in the house of Edward as he is able to eat three times in a day with his family and he is able to manage household necessities as the surplus food is sold (fees as one of them).

 


Prepared by:  Fishani Mkandawire.                                                                                                 

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