Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima has been appointed to serve on an international body that seeks to support countries eliminate hunger and malnutrition, his office announced yesterday in a statement.
The statement said Chilima will serve as a member on the Leadership Council of Compact 2025 under the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC, USA.
Reads the statement in part: “The appointment is a positive development for the country as it strives to reduce hunger and eliminate malnutrition, especially taking into consideration that despite years of food surplus in the country, malnutrition remains high among children below the age of five.”
To achieve results, members serve as global champions to end hunger and under nutrition, provide guidance, share success stories and raise awareness because the centre believes that ending hunger is not only a moral obligation but also an economic one.
The statement said some of the members of the council include Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia.
Speaking in an interview, Chilima’s press officer Pilirani Phiri said: “The President [Peter Mutharika] has since congratulated the Vice- President on this crucial and timely appointment to serve on an international body aimed at eliminating hunger at a time when hunger is looming in our country due to the dry spell and floods that affected 15 districts.”
In February 2015, Mutharika also appointed Chilima as the country’s champion for the Construction Sector Transparency (CoST) to lead the fight against corruption and fraud in taxpayer-funded projects.