Malawi needs biggest food bailout ever
From FRANK PHIRI in Blantyre, Malawi
BLANTYRE, (CAJ News) – MALAWI’S worst food security crisis in decades will require the largest humanitarian response ever in the Southern African country’s history.
Some 6,5 million people, which is nearly 40 percent of Malawi’s population, need emergency food assistance, according to the country’s Vulnerability Assessment Committee report for 2016/17.
On the back of the crisis, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has kicked off her visit of Malawi starting today, ending on Wednesday.
While in Malawi, she will meet government officials and beneficiaries of WFP food assistance including drought–affected people in Zomba and Lilongwe districts.
WFP is engaged in activities including drought relief, school feeding and support for smallholder farmers.
Cousin is travelling with Dr Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, who is in Malawi as part of an African tour focusing on economic empowerment and educational opportunities for women and on partnerships on
global health and food security.
– CAJ News
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