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UK DFID pumps MK8.75 billion to alleviate looming hunger in Malawi

Saulos ChilimaThe country’s leading humanitarian donors-United Kingdom (UK) through the Department For International Development (DFID) has responded to the nation’s looming hunger by offering MK8.75 billion (US$15million).


The development comes amid reports that over 2.8 million vulnerable people in the country are likely to be without food due floods and dry spells that hit hard this year’s growing season which have pushed food prices up and left food stocks dangerously low across the nation.



Addressing the new conference on Friday, October 02, 2015 in the capital jointly held by the country’s Vice President Saulos Chilima and Head of DFID Malawi, Jen Marshall, the funding will be handled by three international organizations including The World Food Programme, (WFP) Save the Children and UNICEF.


WFP will particularly deliver emergency food packages including basic rations of maize and nutrition-rich cereals for over 700,000 people while Save the Children-led consortium expects to provide cash transfers to over 450,00 people to buy basic food supplies for their families at food markets.


On other side, UNICEF in corroboration with WFP will provide specialist supplies to 60,000 people suffering from acute malnutrition including children under five, pregnant women and people who are HIV-Positive and suffering from Tuberculosis (TB).


“We are pleased to announce the UK’s release today of MK8.75 billion to address the urgent food need in Malawi. We are also planning ahead for the likely difficult El Nino season this year. The UK is mobilizing resources and encourages others including government to take hard decision to ensure the most vulnerable families across the country have enough to eat this year.


“Together, we have to start doing development differently here. Malawi urgently needs to move away from requiring food assistance. In support of this, the UK is taking a triple track approach including respond now, plan for El Nino and break the cycle of annual food crises.


On his remarks, the Vice President Chilima assured the DFID officials that the funding will be channelled to the intended beneficiary as government won’t get involved in the disbursement but rather in monitoring the implementation of the programme.


“There is this tendency of wanting to take advantage of poor people’s suffering whereby resources are diverted into greedy individuals’ pockets. This won’t work this time around. We don’t need to play with people’s lives by stealing from them. Whoever is caught in such malpractice, the law will take its course”, warns Chilima


The UK remains a major donor tackling poverty reduction in Malawi as between 2011 and 2016, about 400 million pound have been provided in bilateral development assistance to the country as projected 80 million pounds expenditure is also offered in the 2015/2016.

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