The onset of COID 19 pandemic has brought drastic disruption of livelihoods through restrictions and lock down imposed by authorities and various levels. Malawi as one of the poorest countries in the world, the COVID 19 crisis has set the most vulnerable households in Malawi back further and heightens their susceptibility to fall further into food insecurity, and poverty for the medium and long term The restriction of movements and closure of markets have negatively impacted the smallholder farmers who sell their produce to earn money for their daily necessities and purchase farm inputs for the next growing season. So when this has been disrupted, it directly affected their sustenance for now and the future thereby pushing them to abject poverty of highest magnitude. With rapid assessment done by our field officers it has discovered that 200 farming families are facing critical famine in Bolero area now and the future creating long term effects on food security and household income. As communities in Bolero have been hit by COVID 19 crisis, compound crises have seriously affected the most vulnerable peoples’ food and nutrition security and eroded traditional coping mechanisms, whilst depleting assets.
The most affected with disaster are women and children and it is the women who are heavily abused in crisis of this nature. In this community women are the main source of food and income through small farming and small business such bank mukhonde (Village savings and loans) very common source of income in the area. So drastic disruptions of the livelihoods which the people depended on much of their daily food and other basics for human survivor has made women to social abuse as they cannot contribute to put food on the table. This COVID crisis has also exacerbated malnutrition among the children which if not addressed can increase the already high death rates in children caused by malnutrition in most developing countries like Malawi.
This solution therefore is designed to address the crisis and post-COVID19 effects by fostering resilience among the communities through provision of farm inputs to farming families to kick start their livelihoods after the COVID 19 crisis.