On February 23-24, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer visited several locations in Zomba district in southern Malawi to observe U.S. Government-funded emergency response efforts implemented by the World Food Program. Ambassador Palmer toured an emergency food distribution facility serving 700 beneficiaries, a community that supports soil conservation projects in exchange for food assistance, and a primary school that provides the only daily meal many of the students receive during this extraordinarily difficult lean season.
To date, the U.S. Government has provided over $126 million of humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of 6.7 million Malawians at risk of hunger during the 2016/17 lean season. With only one month remaining in the response period, Ambassador Palmer stressed that Malawi cannot afford another season like this one and together we must permanently break the recurring cycle of food insecurity.