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Peter Mutharika meets donors on hunger response

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President Peter Mutharika on Thursday hosted a high-level meeting with Malawi’s donors where they discussed ways of implementing the country’s food insecurity response plan.

The meeting which was held at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe followed are quest by the development partners for the two sides to create a unified working relationship for the response plan.

Mutharika said the meeting was necessary as it paved way for a well-coordinated implementation plan for the various efforts aimed at assisting people affected by food shortage.

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The development partners who attended the meeting comprised World Bank Resident Representative, Laura Kullenberg, Irish Ambassador, Aine Hearns, Norwegian Ambassador, Kikkan Haugen, British High Commissioner, Michael Nevin, EU Ambassador, Marchel Germann, US Ambassador, Virginia Palmer, and Resident Representative of the African Development Bank, Andrew Mwaba, among others.

Mutharika led the Malawi delegation which comprised of Vice President, Saulos Chilima, Ministers of Finance Goodall Gondwe; Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaila; Trade and Industry, Joseph Mwanamvekha; Agriculture and Food Security, George Chaponda, and Chief Executive Officers of Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) and National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA).

“I decided to bring every ministry, department and agency that plays a key role in our response to the hunger crisis. The citizens and the world out there have entrusted us to provide solutions to their food and development challenges,” Mutharika said.

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The two sides agreed to open up their communication channels and always share information on the quantities of food aid to be brought into the country.

They also agreed to share information on the logistical arrangements involved in bringing and distributing food assistance to people affected by hunger across the country.

The meeting also agreed on the long-term strategies of how to end hunger in the country.

Up to eight million Malawians are facing hunger due to drought and floods which hit the country during the last growing season.

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