Lilongwe, October 31 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Administrator for the Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Capacity Building and Development, Jocelyn Brown will visit Malawi October 31-November 4 to engage government leaders, local farmers and entrepreneurs, the private sector, and implementing partners to support increased agricultural productivity and trade. Ms. Brown oversees the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) international food and technical assistance programs, including the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, the Food for Progress Program, the Cochran and Borlaug Fellowship Programs, and numerous technical assistance projects that promote U.S. Government food security and trade capacity building goals. Ms. Brown will be in Malawi to appreciate the work of USDA-funded partners in Malawi, along with Senior Vice President of Land O’Lakes International Development, Mr. John Ellenberger, and to launch a project with Land O’ Lakes to increase agricultural productivity and expand trade in Malawi’s fruit and vegetable sector.
U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer remarked, “I am delighted to welcome Ms. Brown and her delegation to Malawi. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plays a key role in food security in Malawi. USDA has supported Malawian farmers and entrepreneurs for over a decade by training farmers on improved production methods, building the capacity of farmer organizations, and developing cutting-edge technology to halt aflatoxin in the field. USDA also provides hot meals to over 600,000 children in 584 schools in 13 districts in Malawi.”
For more information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s work in Malawi, please see: https://www.fas.usda.gov/regions/africa-and-middle-east/malawi.