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Thursday, 14 July 2016

UK aid to Malawi

United Kingdom's (UK) Department for International Development (DfID) has given Malawi £24 million (about K23 billion) as a contribution to the government's National Disaster Response Plan, the British High Commission in Lilongwe has said . A statement made available to Nyasa Times says the UK Development Minister Nick Hurd , confirmed the support on Wednesday during a telephone conversation with President Peter Mutharika. The support from the UK will assist some of the 6.5 million people identified by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) food security assessment as requiring emergency food/cash assistance over the next nine months. This is likely to be the largest international humanitarian response in the country's history and is a result of widespread crop failure and poor harvests, exacerbated by the El Nino weather event. In the statement, Hurd was quoted as having said: "The UK has been at the forefront of preventing and preparing for the effects of El Niño in the world's poorest places, by getting life-saving food, clean water and shelter to people in desperate need, and by building nations longer- term resilience to cope with climate shocks."

Source: allafrica.com