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DfID, China pump in K57bn for hunger crisis

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United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) and the Peoples Republic of China have pumped in a total of K57 billion towards hunger response in Malawi where 6.5 million are in need of food aid

DfID has donated K50 billion while China has given rice worth K7 billion.

DfID Permanent Secretary, Mark Lowcock, announced the contribution yesterday after meeting President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

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He said the money aimed to mitigate effects of El Nino that affected Malawi last year. He called on government to encourage its people to grow crops despite the El Nino experience.

“Government should ensure that the current challenges do not discourage farmers to grow crops,” said Lowcock.

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Goodall Gondwe, said the country has a deficit of $157 million for the hunger response.

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Gondwe said other donors like the World Bank are yet to come with their assistance.

Later in the day, the Peoples Republic of China presented 6,585 metric tonnes of rice worth K7 billion for the hunger response as well.

“China always walks the talk and lives up to its promise. We understand people are in dire need of food so we moved very fast,” said Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Shi-Ting Wang after presenting the rice to Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace.

Shi-Ting said that 2,000 tonnes have already arrived in the country and the rest will be in by end of August.

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