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Oxfam urges govt to expediate maize imports

Oxfam has urged the Malawi Government to speed up importation of maize.

In a statement, the organization lauds President Dr Lazarus Chakwera for launching an appeal to address the needs of 9 million citizens affected by El Nino-induced weather extremes and calls for increased funding to mitigate the crisis.

Oxfam notes that despite President Chakwera’s disaster declaration in March, maize imports are yet to commence.

Malawi’s projected maize harvest falls short by 600,000 metric tons, which could impact heavily on food security and the economy.

The World Bank allocated $57.6 million for immediate relief support, including maize imports.

However, Oxfam’s Country Director, Lingalireni Mihowa, warns that reliance on regional maize supplies could be tricky due to similar crises in neighbouring countries.

Mihowa has nonetheless called for swift grain procurement.

The National Response Appeal seeks $446.74 million.

Oxfam advocates for a broad humanitarian response.

By Yamikani Makanga.
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