Graziano da Silva meets with Vice President of Malawi
31 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva congratulated the government of Malawi on the outstanding commitment of President Joyce Banda to eradicating hunger as he met with Vice President Khumbo Kachali on the sidelines of the African Union Summit.
The Director-General praised Malawi again for having reached the first Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of hungry people in the country ahead of the 2015 deadline.
Graziano Da Silva recalled the visit he made to Malawi in October 2012, together with the European Union Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, which was followed by a technical meeting that drew up a number of recommendations. The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund has recently allocated $2 million to Malawi to implement some of these recommendations, including supporting an integrated approach to building the resilience of vulnerable communities to climatic shocks in one of Malawi’s worst affected districts. The project aims to directly target between 33 000 and 44 000 beneficiaries (6 000-8 000 households), with special attention given to women and people affected by HIV.
The two principals also discussed other government policies such as a new fertilizer subsidies strategy, under which farmers receive bags of fertilizer on loan and then reimburse the state with bags of maize once they harvest and develop their business.
The Director-General congratulated the Vice President for this new approach and confirmed FAO’s full support for an evaluation and impact assessment of the strategy as requested.