Oxfam has reached over 400,000 people with assistance. This includes cash to buy food, tools to improve crops and seeds including more resilient options to drought such as sweet potato vines.
Oxfam has identified 'hotspot' areas of food insecurity resulting from minimal harvests and is targeting households most in need, including vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant and lactating women, those affected by HIV and AIDS, the elderly, disabled people and orphans. To meet people's immediate needs Oxfam is providing emergency cash grants, as this approach allows markets to keep functioning where food is available but unaffordable. Oxfam is also giving direct food assistance when required.
Oxfam is providing drought tolerant seeds, fertilisers, resilient crop varieties and agricultural tools to equip farmers for winter food production. We are providing training in conservation and agriculture and drought adaptation and assistance to prevent people from selling livestock and other vital assets to alleviate short term needs.
Oxfam is working to improve water facilities. We are rehabilitating dried up boreholes and shallow wells and strengthening the management of these water points to ensure people have better access to safe and clean water both for drinking and for their harvests.
The help from Oxfam saved us. We used to stay indoors waiting to die because we had no energy to work, no hope on where the food would come from.
Godoliva, 93 year old woman from Kalikokha village in Kasungu district.
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