UN World Food Programme Executive Director Visits Malawi

WFP used boats and helicopters to reach vulnerable people cut-off by floods that hit Malawi in January. Copyright: WFP/Sarah Rawson

LILONGWE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin is making a two-day trip to Malawi from today.

The visit comes as Malawi recovers from the devastating floods which have affected more than a million people and left some 600,000 in need of food assistance.

While in Malawi, Cousin will travel to Mangochi district to see school feeding, meet smallholder farmers supplying schools with produce and visit a flood-affected community that is receiving WFP food assistance and participating in early recovery activities.

During the visit, the WFP Executive Director will meet leading government officials, members of the donor community, WFP’s implementing partners and flood-affected people.

Cousin will be accompanied to Mangochi by journalists representing international and local media organisations.

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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email firstname.lastname@wfp.org)
Sarah Rawson, WFP/Lilongwe, Tel. +265 177466 ext.2429, Mob. +265 99 997 2402,
David Orr, WFP/Johannesburg, Tel. + 27 11 5151577, Mob. + 27 82 9081417