6 August 2016 Last updated at: 1:32 AM

Malawi gets K22.7 billion for fighting hunger

The British government through Department for International Development (DFID) has committed K22.7 billion to address food shortage in the country.

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Mutharika and Lowcock during the meeting

The aid comes at a time when Malawi has been hit with food shortages following persistent dry spells due to El-Nino weather.

Following reports of hunger in the country, President Peter Mutharika declared a state of national disaster in order to appeal to the donor community on the international level and within Malawi.

Reacting on the call of help, DFID has disclosed that it will pump MK22.7 billion in efforts to avert the hunger in the country.

During a meeting with Mutharika at Kamuzu palace in Lilongwe, DFID Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock pledged more support from Britain.

On his part, Mutharika applauded the commitment from Britain arguing that it has landed at a right time as nearly half of the population is under food shortage.

“Her Majesty’s government has contributed immensely to Malawi’s journey towards the attainment of most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in this country. My government is in the process of localizing the SDGs, through the Malawi Growth Development Strategy (MGDS) III for 2016-2020,” said Mutharika.

Britain remains one of the biggest and trusted bilateral development partners to Malawi. The partnership is manifested in the DFID Operational Plan for 2011-2016, which focuses on areas such as education, health, HIV/AIDS, water sanitation, governance, security, climate change and credit support facilities.

An earlier version of this story showed that DFID had committed to give Malawi K50 billion. However, the correct amount is K22.7 billion hence this story has been updated.

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