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Community Development Officers Trained in Digital System for Wetland Farming Program

The Ministry of Community Development and Social Services has embarked on a pivotal initiative aimed at bolstering the efficiency and transparency of the Wetland cropping component under the Food Security Pack (FSP). 

Through a rigorous digitization training program, provincial, senior, district, assistant, and community development officers have been equipped with the necessary skills to transition from manual to digital systems.

The implementation of the Food Security Pack (FSP) targets vulnerable yet viable farmer households across the nation, focusing on three major components: Rainfed Cropping, Wetland Cropping, and Alternative Livelihood Initiative (ALI). 

With the recent drought situation resulting in crop failures in 84 out of 116 districts, the urgency to address food insecurity has never been more pressing.

During the training, Director for Community Development, Ms. Patricia Muyamwa, emphasized the pivotal role of the officers in alleviating poverty and ensuring food security. 

Ms. Muyamwa underscored the importance of diligence and effectiveness in executing their duties, highlighting the significance of their efforts in the government’s mission to combat food insecurity.

Accompanied by Malawian Director for Community Development, Ms. Clotildah Sawasawa, Ms. Muyamwa reiterated the gravity of the hunger situation across the country. 

The approval of an additional caseload of 300,000 to the Wetland agricultural program underscores the government’s commitment to addressing the dire food insecurity situation.

Ms. Sawasawa commended Zambia for its effective implementation of social protection programs and expressed optimism in replicating similar initiatives in Malawi. 

She emphasized the need for a mindset shift towards hard work and patriotism to achieve nutritional and food security goals.

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