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Norway donates to feed hungry families in Malawi

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The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a donation from Norway of more than US $ 7.9 million. The funding will be used to help hungry families in the African nation of Malawi.

There are nearly 2 million people in Malawi who need food aid following poor harvests.

WFP Representative Coco Ushiyama says, "We look forward to a continued strong partnership with Norway to help build food and nutrition security in Malawi. Together, we recognize the importance of both meeting immediate food and nutrition needs, and also of continuing to invest in critical interventions that build long-term resilience.”

A previous donation from Norway allowed WFP to feed malnourished children and mothers. WFP relies on voluntary donations for all of its operations.

Asbjørn Eidhammer, the Norwegian ambassador to Malawi, explains, “Norway is pleased to be able to fund humanitarian operations in Malawi. However, we note with concern that Malawian agriculture remains vulnerable to changes in weather patterns. Most of our work in agriculture is, therefore, geared towards helping smallholders adopt climate-smart farming technologies. WFP’s policy of procuring as much food as possible from local producers provides smallholders with a market and encourages them to increase their productivity."

WFP in Malawi was also awarded a U.S. donation via the McGovern-Dole school meals program.The donation is expected to feed over one million children.

However, both WFP and the U.S. Dept of Agriculture report delays in the food arriving in Malawi. It is unclear as to when the food will actually arrive at port in Malawi.