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QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD SUSTAINABILITY – Part 1

Field production

Blantyre, Malawi … In this 2-part series we are asking Chester Kabinda-Mbewe, the Chairperson for Action for Progress about food sustainability in Malawi. Action for Progress is the not-for-profit, faith-based organization, formed by Malawians to work closely with the Malawi Project. Chester is a successful and respected church and community leader, businessman, husband and father…

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SMALL GREEN GUAVAS

Fatsani

Sodzi Village, Malawi … Through 7-year-old eyes, little Fatsani watched cautiously as Wilson and Griven prepared for the food distribution. Obviously, he was apprehensive of these strangers who came to his village from some unknown place far away. Griven saw him even as he approached suspiciously from a distance; a poor boy dressed in what…

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A LIFE SUPPORT MACHINE

Benjamin Nyama Tsogolani

Gwileni Village, Malawi … “As soon as we entered the village, I was greeted by a young man named Benjamin Nyama Tsogolani,” recalls Griven Kasalika, as he and Wilson Tembo arrived with critically needed food. Life has changed little in this remote part of the earth over the years. Kasalika continued his narrative about this…

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FAMINE REACHES CRITICAL STAGE

Lilongwe, Malawi … In late January the United Nations reported 16 countries in southern Africa, including Malawi, are facing food shortages (Malawi News, Jan 18-24, 2020). The story quoted the World Food Program (WFP)’S Regional Program Director, reporting this crisis is impacting 45 million people, many of whom are women and children. Again, this year,…

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PLEASE HEAR MY CRY

Vincent Thomas

Malomo, Ntchisi, Malawi … It is an unmistakable sound, and one so sad to hear, the sound of a child crying from hunger. It was coming from behind Griven Kasalika as he helped Wilson Tembo distribute food. They were in Ntchisi, the capital of the central Malawi district that bears its name. People here are…

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FIVE DAYS WITHOUT FOOD

Naomi Phiri

Dowa District, Malawi … Deep creases etch through sad expressions. Years of pain imprint an intense struggle to survive. On weak knees, and a thin, frail frame, a weary and hungry old woman walks many kilometers because she has received a report that they have food for the hungry. She has not eaten in five…

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GOOD COMES OUT OF THE BAD

A quote from Suzi Stephens

Indianapolis, Indiana … “Cold-chills rushes over me as his name is read aloud,” Suzi remembers. The time was 2002 and Malawi was experiencing the worst famine in 50 years. “That cold feeling was not there because of the cold morning air. In fact, it had nothing to do with the weather. It had everything to…

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FAMINE WORSENS – FOOD BEGINS

Famine Worsens

Lilongwe, Malawi … Maziko Kasnkhosi, a 12-year-old village girl, has realized the benefit of living in a village near the new distribution hub for Action for Progress. Were it not for this fact, and this fact alone, she and her family could easily starve. Maziko is just one of an estimated 460,000 children affected by…

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MILLIONS AFFECTED BY CYCLONE

Coastal Devestation

Lilongwe, Malawi … First, it was 1,062,674 facing a serious food shortage, according to the Malawi Food Vulnerability Assessment Committee, then the figure jumped to 1,879,391. Now the estimates have placed those who are facing critical food shortages at nearly 3,000,000. It is not that the authorities cannot get a grasp on the actual figure,…

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IMAGES FROZEN IN TIME

Elderly woman from Malawi

Lilongwe, Malawi … It was 2001 and sub-Saharan Africa, and especially Malawi was caught in the catastrophic grip of the worst famine in 50-years. People were dying in the fields and along the roads. Village families were selling their possessions, and some reports indicated many were even giving their children to anyone who might have…

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