MANGOCHI, Malawi (Xinhua) --
The UN World Food Program (WFP) on Friday
officially handed over four bailey bridges worth 9
million U.S. dollars to Malawi government to ease access
to the country’s communities in four districts.
(portable pre-fabricated steel) were installed in two
districts in the south and two districts in the eastern
region where WFP faced challenges providing humanitarian
assistance when floods devastated the districts and
washed away bridges in January 2015.
Director to Malawi, Benoit Thiry, told journalists in
Malawi’s lakeshore district of Mangochi, where the
official handover of the bridges took place, that the
donation for the bailey bridges was made in kind by the
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) back in 2015 in
the wake of the floods.
road infrastructure is not the WFP’s core business, it
is very crucial to restore access to communities in the
four districts,” said Thiry.
floods affected 15 districts of Malawi and they left at
least 48 people dead, 70,000 homeless. According to the
country’s Roads Authority, over 300 meters of bridges
were left almost impassable while 3,000 km of roads
infrastructure were damaged.
Malawi is facing dry spell and serious fall army worm
infestation in some parts and there are fears of hunger
as the country’s staple cereal, maize, has been severely
destroyed in the parts where the dry spells and the fall
army worms are evident.
assured the Malawi government that the UN food agency
would continue with its support to the southern African
country for it to attain food and nutrition secure and
resilient future as guided by the 2030 Agenda on
Sustainable Development with emphasis on reaching zero
“In the wake
of the dry spell and infestation by fall army worms
which are affecting some parts of the country including
Mangochi, WFP alongside other UN agencies is working
with relevant government ministries and departments to
assess the damage and mitigate the impact,” said Thiry.
government through Transport and Public Works Minister,
Jappie Mhango, has hailed the WFP for the donation of
the bailey bridges, saying they will allow communities
that were cut off from each other to interface again
Malawi and Morocco
agree to strengthen agricultural cooperation
RABAT, (Xinhua) --
Morocco and Malawi agreed on Monday to
strengthen cooperation in the field of agriculture.
countries have finalized two deals on enhancing
agricultural cooperation, Hamou Ouhelli, Morocco’s
secretary of state for rural development, water and
forests, told reporters after meeting with Malawian
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Emmanuel
deal relates to the means to be taken to aid Malawi’s
farmers, particularly through the installation of drip
irrigation systems on agricultural lands in Malawi,
deal offers training for Malawi’s farmers in order to
strengthen the organizational capacity of professionals
in cooperatives and associations, Ouhelli said.
the talks as an opportunity for the two countries to
examine ways to promote bilateral cooperation in the
field of agriculture.
part, Fabiano said that Malawi aims to boost
agricultural cooperation with Morocco, which has made
achievements in this area, especially in irrigation.
that Malawi is seeking to develop its irrigation
systems, particularly the drip irrigation technology.