AFORD has put in place deliberate policies to boost food security in the country once voted into power-Maluwa

By Chisomo Phiri

Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) Publicity Secretary Amatullah Annie Maluwa says their party has put in place  deliberate policies to boost food security in the country once voted into power in the next year’s tripartite polls.

Maluwa disclosed this at a public rally that she and other senior party officials conducted at Nyankwali Primary school ground in Group Village Headman Kalumbi in Nsanje Central constituency on Sunday, March 17, 2024.


She stated that AFORD government would put a deliberate policy on irrigation that would allow small farmers to go for winter cropping to combat hunger and improve their socioeconomic status.

“AFORD is very much aware that Malawians are going through tough economic times as the value of the kwacha has plunged due to poor economic policies of the Tonse Alliance government which has resulted in high cost of living, high inflation and the unacceptable high under- employment rate.

“To make sure  that families have food supply, security and affordability, we will step up our centred policies that will allow small scale farmers to produce enough food for themselves such as maize, rice and other staple crops by among others making sure that each family is taking part in winter cropping through irrigation which will be top priority in agriculture sector while taking drastic steps of making sure that the prices of fertilizers are affordable to average Malawians,” she said.

The publicity secretary took time to slam the current administration on the scarcity of sugar in the country saying this is ‘death sentence’ to poor families because sugar is one of the most important basic needs for their living.

“Sugar is grown and produced in Malawi, cultivated by Malawians using Malawian soil, labor and water. So for today to see that Malawians are scrambling for sugar in super store at an exorbitant price of K3,700 is not only a sign of bad economic behavior of the government but it shows that Malawians voted into government leaders who care about their lives,”said Maluwa.

AFORD came in the political lime light in 1993 and its founder the late Chakufwa Chihana is known as one of the key fighters for multiparty democracy in Malawi.

The party has a stronghold in the northern region.