Thursday, January 29, 2015

Farmers in southern Malawi in urgent need after intense flooding, UN agency warns

The Government hopes its plan will help to put affected farmers back on track to plant and harvest food during the agricultural season, and FAO will work closely with them to supply short-cycle varieties of maize, rice, sweet potato, cowpeas, vegetable seeds and cassava cuttings for urgent replanting. The hope is that some fields and crops could be ready by June, mitigating the need to rely on long-term humanitarian programs.
At the same time, local families need new livestock to ensure animal protein intake, and irrigation facilities must be restored before the dry season to ensure food production. Untold numbers of goats and chickens have perished where waters rose with unexpected speed, while remaining livestock is at heightened risk of disease outbreaks.    Farmers in southern Malawi in urgent need after intense flooding, UN agency warns: Farmers in southern Malawi in urgent need after intense flooding, UN agency warns

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