United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed a $9.5 million contribution from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for humanitarian response in Malawi.

The aim of this response is to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable households, support livelihoods of community members, and strengthen capacity of national and local institutions in Malawi as the country battles Covid-19.

It is understood that the pandemic has impacted every facet of Malawian life and touched every aspect of agricultural value chain.

WFP is supporting the government of Malawi through a range of programmes, including emergency food assistance and cash-based transfers, nutritional support, and resilience-building.

WFP Country Director in Malawi, Benoit Thiry, said in a statement that the UN outfit will use this contribution to provide cash and/or food transfers to 42,000 refugees hosted at Dzaleka Camp.

‘The U.S. government continues to help in building the resilience of vulnerable communities in Malawi against climatic shocks and improve their food security’, Thiry said.

‘We are grateful to the U.S. government’s investment in breaking the cycle of hunger in Malawi’.

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.

‘The U.S. government is honoured 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’, USAID/Malawi Mission Director, Catie Lott, said.

‘Around the world, USAID is committed to helping families and individuals produce and purchase reliable, quality food’.

Source: WFP

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