Information to support food distribution
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Kanyenda, Chakalipa. 2005. Information to support food distribution. Rural Radio Resource Pack 05/1. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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Chakalipa Kanyenda, Director of Agricultural Extension in Malawi explains how new information systems are needed to ensure that food is better distributed in his country, from areas of plenty to those with little.
Cue: When famine and hunger strike a country, they usually do so selectively. In some areas food becomes scarce, prices rise and so does hardship for the poorest. In other areas food supplies are plentiful and relatively cheap. Poor distribution of food can be as much a cause of hunger as simple lack of food supplies. Yet with good information systems, surely this problem could be avoided, or at least reduced? It is an issue that greatly concerns the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi, and attempting to tackle the uneven distribution of food supplies is one of the Ministry?s communication priorities. Chakalipa Kanyenda, Director of Agricultural Extension in Malawi spoke on this issue at a recent seminar in Mozambique, where participants from across Africa met to discuss the role of communication tools in improving access to food and nutrition. Afterwards, Mr. Kanyenda explained to Eric Kadenge, how he believes his organisation needs to be working to improve information supplied to farmers, and to improve the distribution of food from areas with plenty to those with little. IN: ?Well this is very important because we have different patterns of production..? OUT: ? transport will be available in these places.? DUR?N 3?41?