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The Malawi Experience 2001-3

1. Malawi’s Food Needs
 
  • Maize: Staple cereal with annual need of ca 2.1m tonnes – production 2000 ca 1.4mt, 2001ca 1.7mt, 2002 ca 1.4mt


  • Other cereals ca 100,000t (mainly rice) - former sorghum & millets limited by school attendance!


  • Roots & Tubers: MoA estimates 3mt, true figure is probably less than 0.5mt, but only locally important


  • Population is too poor to buy protein foods so overall diet is poor quality >> malnutrition common – compounded by HIV/AIDS
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