Written by  McDonald Chiwayula
The First Lady, Madam Monica Chakwera, says food security at household and national level is a key aspect for acceleration of development.
The First Lady handing over a bag of maize flour The First Lady handing over a bag of maize flour
The First Lady was speaking on Friday in Makhetha Township, Blantyre  when she presided over the donation of maize flour by Muslim World League. 
The First Lady observes that  food security is of paramount importance as no meaningful development can materialise if people in a nation are hungry. She then, commended the Muslim World League for the timely donation saying some households really need such support. 
She further said when hunger looms at household or national level, it is women who bear the brunt of the situation. 
The First Lady also noted that during this month of Ramadan food availability at household level is key. She then extended best wishes to the Secretary General for Muslim World Council and all Muslims across the nation during this month of fasting and prayer.
“If there’s no food at home women struggle to take care of the family. I know there are more beneficiaries behind the ones getting bags of maize flour today. I know issues affecting people on the grassroots so this donation is really timely,” said the First Lady.
Noordeen Kaondo, country representative of the Muslim World League said the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the economic activities and earning power of most households as such families are struggling to make ends meet hence the donation.  
He said: “In some parts of the country such as the lower Shire people are food insecure since they didn’t harvest enough. We have already distributed 70 metric tonnes in Chikwawa and Nsanje to mitigate the impact.”
 According to Kaondo 25 tonnes of maize flour will be distributed to families in Makhetha but the organisation has in stock 250 metric tonnes of maize flour for distribution in other parts of the country.
The organization  targets to reach out to 25,000 households. Muslim World League has been operational in the country for the past 12 years and is engaged in education, food relief programmes, supporting needy children and drilling boreholes across the country. 

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