Tonight, 6.5 million people in Malawi will go to bed hungry.
In the hardest-hit communities, desperate parents, whose crops were nearly ready for harvest, are cooking whatever they can find so that their hungry families have something to eat.
Christian Aid has released an initial £70,000 of emergency funds to support 1,000 families in Nsanje – one of the poorest regions. This will help families pay for water, meals and other essential supplies.
But much more is needed: without extra funds we cannot scale up our efforts and the consequences could be devastating.
Fears for the most vulnerable
Drought, erratic rainfall and devastating floods have led to a life-threatening situation. Harvests have failed and prices have soared.
As ever, it is the youngest, oldest and the vulnerable who suffer most. Hundreds of thousands of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and young children are at particular risk of malnutrition.
Christian Aid Scotland needs your help so we can reach more people struggling to feed their families.
Scotland’s Malawi Aid Match!
This summer, in recognition of the strong relationship between our two countries, the Scottish Government will match every pound raised* by Christian Aid – meaning we can transform the lives of those in Malawi affected by climate-induced food crisis.
*Up to at least £70,000, on public donations received between 14 July 2016 and 31 October 2016.
How we work in an emergency
We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.