The U.S. government has released $9.5 million (about MK7.7 billion) to among others provide emergency assistance to vulnerable households, support livelihoods of community members, and strengthen the capacity of national and local institutions.
The funds are a contribution to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) existing works meant to end hunger in the country.
According to a statement which Capital FM has seen, the WFP will use this contribution to provide cash and/or food transfers to 42,000 refugees hosted at Dzaleka Camp, malnourished people, and the most vulnerable populations affected by seasonal shocks.
Furthermore, the funds will help ensure that the WFP will continues helping 382,000 food insecure Malawians buy food and other basic livelihood needs and support more than 52,000 households to attain sustainable livelihoods.
In addition, WFP will use the contribution to strengthen capacity and transfer skills to national and local institutions involved in food security, nutrition, food safety, disaster risk management, and emergency response.
Country Director for WFP Malawi Benoit Thiry welcomed the resources and noted, “The U.S. government continues to help in building the resilience of vulnerable communities in Malawi against climatic shocks and improve their food security. We are grateful to the U.S. government’s investment in breaking the cycle of hunger in Malawi.”
The Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been supporting WFP in Malawi since 2017, helping 85,000 smallholder farmers improve their productivity, food security, and resilience to shocks.
USAID/Malawi Mission Director Catie Lott said, “The U.S. government is honored to partner with the Government of Malawi and WFP to support Malawians and refugees as they work to increase their food security and better manage seasonal shocks such as drought and flooding. Around the world, USAID is committed to helping families and individuals produce and purchase reliable, quality food.”
The U.S. is one of the largest donors to WFP in Malawi, contributing $56.4 million (about MK45.4 billion) since 2017 to respond to emergencies, support refugees, and break the cycle of hunger. WFP is supporting the Government of Malawi through a range of programs, including emergency food assistance and cash-based transfers, nutritional support, and resilience-building.