Lilongwe - Malawian President Peter Mutharika has announced that his government has only managed to raise $63 million out of a total amount of $300 million needed for relief maize to feed the country's starving population, Nyasa Times reports.
Last month, the country declared a state of disaster over worsening food shortages caused by severe drought.
Mutharika now faced the challenge of feeding approximately half of the country's population - 8.4 million citizens.
While stating that Malawi's food production would decrease by 50% this year, Mutharika assured citizens that no-one would die of hunger in the country. He also said that that government was set to buy 1.3 million tons of maize from both local and international markets.
According to Agriculture Minister George Chaponda, the country was currently in search of maize from surrounding areas as well as Europe.
"We have no alternative but to import about one million metric tons of white maize to fill the food gap," said the minister.
The development followed a finding made by the World Food Programme (WFP) indicating that approximately 32 million people were in need of food aid due to a rapid decrease in crop production in southern Africa.