In pictures: school feeding programme in Malawi

Schoolchildren attend open-air class at a school in Chikwawa district of the Southern Region of Malawi. The drought that has badly affected Malawi in 2016 has seen an increase in dropouts among schoolchildren as food becomes scarce and family priorities shift towards finding new ways to survive. Children are less likely to go to school if they haven’t enough to eat and many seek casual employment instead (Photo: Victor Lacken / IFRC).
Schoolchildren receive porridge made from a corn soy blend as part of the Malawi Red Cross school feeding programme. Since the programme was initiated in May 2016, participating schools have seen sharp increases in the number of enrolments, an indication of how serious the food shortages are in Malawi as a result of the drought (Photo: Victor Lacken / IFRC).
Schoolchildren share a textbook in class. Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world with a large rural population and a relatively low life expectancy. Many schools in Chikwawa district are underfunded and lack basic resources. School dropout rates are high, especially among girls in primary schools (Photo: Victor Lacken / IFRC).
A member of Malawi Red Cross visits a family at their home in Chikwawa district of Malawi’s Southern Region. The area has been particularly badly hit by drought in 2016, leaving large sections of the population food insecure. Many children in the region drop out of school at an early age in order to find piece work to help feed themselves and their families (Photo: Victor Lacken / IFRC).
Schoolchildren drink clean water from a pump at their local school in Chikwawa district. The drought that has badly affected Malawi in 2016 has led to the failure of many crops in the area and widespread food shortages. As resources dry up, many families have been forced to obtain drinking water from unsafe sources leading to a rise in water-borne diseases (Photo: Victor Lacken / IFRC).