U.S. Donates $27m in Food Commodities

United States Donates $27 Million in Additional Food Commodities For Malawi Humanitarian Assistance Efforts             

LILONGWE, February 29, 2016:  Pursuant to discussions with H.E. President Arthur Peter Mutharika on steps to break the recurrent cycle of food insecurity, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced an additional donation of US$27 million (MK 20 billion) of food assistance from the United States to support vulnerable, food insecure communities in Malawi.   This brings the United States’ total contribution to the humanitarian response to US$55 million (MK 41 billion), 44 percent of the total US$123.6 million (MK 92.7 billion) needed to provide a monthly food or cash ration to the 2.8 million Malawians in need of humanitarian assistance between October 2015 and April 2016.

As with its previous donations, the United States has channeled its latest contribution of US$27 million through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).  The donation comprises:

Sorghum (US$16 million); transportation for 18,000 metric tons maize provided from the Government of Malawi’s Strategic Grain Reserve (US$4.9 million); maize (US$4 million); beans US$900,000) and a special corn-soya blend for babies and pregnant women ($200,000).

The support will fill some immediate needs while also supporting preparations for the next humanitarian response. The maize, beans and corn-soya blend will be purchased from within Malawi or the Southern African region.

The US$27 million donation also includes a US$900,000 contribution to WFP to meet the emergency food needs of refugees currently in Malawi, including recent Mozambican refugee arrivals.  This contribution underscores the United States’ dedication to assisting the people of Malawi as they generously host their neighbors during times of need.

Since 2012, the United States has provided over US$94.6 million (MK 71 billion) of food assistance to Malawi.  In addition, through President Obama’s Feed The Future and Global Climate Change Initiatives, the U.S. Agency for International Development is supporting activities valued at approximately US$25 million (MK18.8 billion) annually to reduce food insecurity, poverty, and under-nutrition by increasing agricultural production and helping communities adapt to climate change.

Ambassador Palmer stressed that: “It is important that the Government of Malawi have a long-term resilience plan to tackle agriculture shortfalls holistically through crop diversification, sustainable environmental management, irrigation, and policy reforms to reduce market distortions and expand production.”

Contacts: Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy

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