Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
BLANTYRE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is importing 55,000 metric tons of maize, thanks to a major contribution of nearly US$22 million from the Government of Malawi. The maize will meet the needs of up to 4.7 million people in drought-affected areas of Malawi over the coming months.
LILONGWE – The Government of Japan has provided US$1.85 million to support the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) operation in Malawi where 6.5 million people need urgent food assistance until March next year.
JOHANNESBURG - The Government of Japan has announced a donation of US$5 million towards the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operations in southern Africa, where hundreds of thousands of people are currently facing food shortages due to drought, resulting in significant increases in acute food insecurity and malnutrition.
ROME/LILONGWE – Starting today, the World Food Programme’s ShareTheMeal app will fundraise to support emergency food relief in Malawi, following one of the strongest El Niño weather events on record. The goal is to provide school meals for an entire year to 58,000 school children in Zomba, a district in southern Malawi severely affected by drought and experiencing high levels of food insecurity.
LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a new round of life-saving relief operations in Malawi where as many as 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of the population – may require emergency assistance in coming months. This is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in the country’s history.
LILONGWE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will visit Malawi next week at a time when the country is facing its worst food security crisis in decades. Ms. Cousin is due to arrive in the southern African country on Monday 18 and to stay till Wednesday 20 July.
LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has extended its relief operation in Malawi by an additional month, through April, after the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) reported that annual harvests will be delayed by El Niño-related drought across southern Africa.