LEAN SEASON TOP-UP RESPONSE EXCITES COMMUNITIES IN NENO
Communities in the area of Traditional Authority Chekucheku in Neno district have commended the Social Cash Transfer Programme Lean Season top ups support for helping them cope up with food shortage that has affected some families in the district.
Government of Malawi has been working with its development partners to provide cash top-ups supports to people facing severe food insecurity in the country. The top up has enabled beneficiaries to have enough food and other household items.
A representative of the District Commissioner in Neno, Allick Milanzi said that 140,000 households are benefiting from the programme, with the lean Season payment top-up. In the district, Families have received K46,200 which is a top up for 2 months.
"In the past communities were in a state of extreme poverty, however the social cash transfer programme is helping in providing relief to households affected by food insecurity. “Communities are able to construct Iron sheets roofed houses, engaging in crop production, raising livestock, among other things," he said. He added that the Lean Season top ups payment will go a long way in uplifting the households.
One of beneficiaries, Ellen Kanthiti, 69, said the support rendered will help her increase her livestock farming, among other things.
" The money received from the Cash transfers programme is empowering me to save the rest and now am able to take care of my family ," she said.
Malawi government is implementing the programme with financial support from the European Union (EU). The Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP), also known as Mtukula Pakhomo is implemented in all 28 districts of Malawi with financial support from the World Bank, European Union, Irish Government, German Government and the Malawi Government.
Neno district is among the districts affected by food insecurity in the 2020/2021 Lean Season.
By Memory Kainja