The sum of US$4.5 million has been offered by the United States to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help support 217,000 people faced with severe hunger in Malawi.

The funds, provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will enable WFP to provide assistance in the form of cash-based transfers in Chikwawa and Phalombe districts of the Southern Region, Dedza district in the Central Region, and Karonga district in the Northern Region, which are among the country’s most food insecure.

In a statement, USAID Malawi Mission Director, Littleton Tazewell said “The US is steadfast in its support of vulnerable Malawians facing hunger during the lean season,” and also added that they like others recognize the efforts put in by the World Food Programme in supporting vulnerable communities and persons.

Malawi has been hit with rising prices of maize , the staple, are compounding the challenge of access to food for the most at-risk families due to the effects of the Prolonged dry spells and flooding from Cyclone Idai in March which adversely impacted crops during the growing season in fragile areas of Malawi ahead of last April’s harvest.

This aid will permit over 1 million Malawians to receive assistance through march 2020 with the WFP Representative and Country Director in Malawi Benoit Thiry  saying  “The generous support of the American people will help ensure that many of those most in need in Malawi will not go to bed hungry during this unprecedented regional food crisis,”.

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