BLANTYRE (MaraPost)–The Government of Norway has given Malawi over $7.9 million (about K3.3 million) to support vulnerable families suffering from the effects of poor harvest last farming season.
Norway’s contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) comes in response to last year’s Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report that estimated more than 1.85 million people are in need of food assistance during the current lean period.
A previous contribution in 2012 from Norway of $7.5 million helped WFP provide supplementary feeding to 160,000 malnourished children and women, enabling WFP to respond to malnutrition levels that have increased by one third since the lean season started in October.
Norway’s approach to hunger includes a focus on resilience-building designed to help smallholder farmers become more self-sufficient.
The Kingdom of Norway has also contributed $10 million towards a climate adaptation programme in Africa.
Malawi and Tanzania have since been chosen to pilot the programme, which is being implemented under the Global Framework for Climate Services.