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FAO Director-General meets with the President of Malawi

Immediate and constant support to areas affected by heavy floods in the country

31 January 2015, Addis Ababa - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the President of the Republic of Malawi, Arthur Peter Mutharika, on the sidelines of the African Union summit

The Director-general expressed his sympathy with the government and population of Malawi which is affected by serious floods. Some 170,000 people have fallen victim to this natural disaster and FAO has been supporting the country in this emergency situation since day one.

The Director-General affirmed that Malawi can count on FAO to limit the impacts of the crisis and replant as quickly as possible.

FAO will continue supporting Malawi, as one of the four pilot countries of the Organization in the context of the Renewed Partnership to end hunger in Africa, to demonstrate the results a country can achieve with strong political commitment, partnerships and social protection. Cash transfers and the impacts of social protection schemes were discussed as a way to empower women and raise their production capacity.

FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo commended the country's actions on conservation agriculture and climate smart agriculture. The International Year of soils was discussed and the president accepted an invitation to set a day to celebrate the occasion.

During this meeting the President showed a particular interest in  the Zero Hunger Programme that was implemented in Brazil under the leadership of President Lula.

The Director-General also congratulated Malawi for having achieved Millennium Development Goal 1 of halving the percentage of hungry people in the country and making food security and nutrition the top priories of the country.

Graziano da Silva invited the president to attend an award ceremony for on the sidelines of the FAO Conference on June 6 this year, which the President accepted.