NPC Disseminates Policy Briefs On El Nino Impact

The National Planning Commission (NPC) has today disseminated three policy briefs on the impact of the forecasted El Nino climatic conditions in Malawi in the coming rainy season.

NPC Director Dr Thomas Munthali said the policy briefs are expected to feed into policy and decision making by the government and other stakeholders in responding to the anticipated effects on the economy and other sectors.

“We have to find ways of mitigating the impact while turning some of the challenges into opportunities,” he said.

One of the researchers Dr. Alick Chibanthowa from the Department of Climate Change and Mateorological Services revealed that many parts of the country will, among other things, experience prolonged dry spells and high temperatures that will affect crop production.

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On his part, another researcher Dr Henry Kamkwamba from IFPRI said reduced production of maize and other crops will have a negative impact considering the significance of agriculture to Malawi’s economy.

He advised the government to, among other things, encourage production of drought-tolerant and high value crops as one way of reducing the impact of El Nino on communities and the country.

Health researcher on the policy briefs Dr. James Chirombo from Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust said, however, the El Nino is not expected to have any impact on health in the country.

The study towards the policy briefs was conducted in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) , Mwapata Institute, Luanar, the University of Malawi and the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust .

It was financially supported by the European Union in Malawi.

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