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Britain donates $4.7 to Malawi for food aid

By Amalawi - Tue Aug 14, 9:44 pm

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BLANTYRE, Malawi – On Tuesday the British officials and the U.N. World Food Programme that Britain has given $4.7 million to Malawi for food aid as more than 1.6 million people face food shortages.

Britain’s contribution takes the total international aid for Malawi’s new government to more than $500 million.

The International Monetary Fund approved a $156.2 million loan in July to boost economic growth, while the United States restored a $350 million aid programme to overhaul Malawi’s decrepit electricity grid in June.

Malawi maize fields

Malawi Maize Fields

The British funds will help about 715,000 people, the British government’s Department for International Development and the World Food Programme said.

“Prolonged dry spells, high food prices and economic difficulties have left many people across Malawi struggling to find enough to eat this year,” they said in a joint statement.

The number of people facing food shortages in Malawi has increased by 200,000 since 2011 to 1.63 million, which is 11 percent of the population, a report by the Malawi government and U.N. relief agencies showed in July.

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