Blantyre, Malawi - Despite corn imports from neighbouring countries, Malawi's acute food shortage is expected to worsen in the coming months, according to a report.
The survey, set to be released on Monday by the charity World Vision International, reports that at least 78 percent of Malawi's rural population will be in desperate need of food by December. The rural population accounts for 90 percent of the 11 million people in this desperately poor southern African country.
The survey also showed that up to a quarter of all Malawian children under the age of five will be severely malnourished because of the food crisis.
The hunger in Malawi follows two years of devastating floods in southern Africa that swamped a vast area of farmland in the region.
The Southern African Development Community warned in August that grain-importing countries in the 14-nation trading bloc faced a collective shortage of 3,87-million tons of grain, with harvests down 25 percent from last year.