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UK boosts WFP efforts in Malawi

BY CHEULEKENE MITA, A CONTRIBUTOR:

The United Kingdom (UK) has made two contributions, totalling £9.1 million ($12 million), to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support the United Nations agency’s operations in Malawi.

Of this amount, £2.3 million will be used to provide nutritional supplies for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition to 87,000 people— including children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers— between June 2018 and March 2019.

The remaining £6.8 million will enable WFP to provide support to 31,000 households under its Food Assistance for Assets programme. The funds will also allow for the scale-up of resilience-building interventions such as weather-indexed micro-insurance, village-based savings and loans activities and climate services.

“We are grateful to the UK for its steadfast support of our efforts to promote food and nutrition security in Malawi. This contribution comes at a critical time. The UK is a major partner which always stands with those in need of critical assistance,” said Benoit Thiry, WFP Malawi Country Director.

The UK is one of the largest donors to WFP in Malawi, having contributed £24 million ($31.7 million) since 2016 towards breaking the cycle of hunger. WFP is supporting the government of Malawi through a range of programmes, including emergency food and cash-based transfers, nutritional support and resilience-building.

“Long-term investments are essential to addressing food and nutrition insecurity in Malawi and building the resilience of the economy and its people to weather-related shocks.

“These efforts will help the country to achieve its potential and empower women, men and children to find sustainable solutions to hunger and enjoy a brighter future,” said Chris Austin, acting Country Director for the Department for International Development in Malawi.

The funding will support a multi-sectoral approach to addressing malnutrition and building resilience.

To ensure the long-term impact and sustainability of the programme, WFP will focus on strengthening the capabilities of the government, communities and families to withstand and recover from shocks.

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