UNICEF reported that Malawi is facing the worst food crisis in nine years. The problem began last year during widespread flooding followed by a severe drought caused by El Nino. An estimated 2.8 million people are at risk of hunger. The majority of those people live in rural areas and rely almost exclusively
on farming. Compounding this crisis, the value of Malawi's currency has dropped causing sharp inflation of food prices, up to 200% on maize, a staple in the Malawian diet.
"We can tell you that children are dying," says Cheryl Cuthbertson, COTN's director of sustainable practices. She visited Malawi in January. "Mothers are literally bringing babies to us for help," she says.
Since October, COT N and its partners, including Food for Kidz, Kids Around the World, and Feeding Children Everywhere, have delivered and distributed 622,000 meals to Malawi. For nursing mothers and their babies who are suffering from malnutrition, COT N has been providing bottles and formula. Soon nurses will be sent into communities to conduct a screening and response program to identify and treat malnourishment.
Because climate change is continuing to negatively impact agriculture in Malawi, COT N is also working to build a sustainable future. COT N is investing in farms, which feed the children COT N serves, by diversifying with drought tolerant crops as well as raising pigs, chickens, and cows.
Greetings! Thank you for the container of meals that is right now feeding communities still recovering from a famine season earlier this year. The meals were unloaded this morning and attached are some of the photos. Please share with your teams that your efforts are a huge blessing and making a real difference for children and families in need. God bless and have a wonderful weekend! For the children,
National Director of Resource Development
Children of the Nations