The United States through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has donated $4.5 million to support 217,000 people facing severe hunger in Malawi.
Chikwawa and Phalombe districts of the Southern Region, Dedza district in the Central Region, and Karonga district in the Northern Region are currently facing food shortages and insecurity. They are the most hit regions in Malawi.
The funds provided by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) will enable the WFP to assistance to the regions.
The USAID Malawi Mission Director, Littleton Tazewell said: “The US is steadfast in its support of vulnerable Malawians facing hunger during the lean season. We recognize the long-standing expertise of WFP and its partners in providing life-saving relief at times like these.”
Malawi is currently experiencing prolonged dry spells. In March this year, it experienced severe flooding as a result of Cyclone Idai which hit the country. These two factors have greatly affected the crops and also negatively affected the yields from April’s harvest. This has resulted in food scarcity which has seen the prices of food go astronomically high.
WFP country director in Malawi, Benoit Thiry thanked the USA for their kind gestures stating that their support will ensure Malawians don’t sleep hungry.
“The generous support of the American People will help ensure that many of those most in need in Malawi will not go go bef hungry during this unprecedented regional food crisis,” he said.
Culled from www.wfp.org