United Kingdom (UK) Minister for the Department for International Development (DfID) James Wharton is in Malawi to assess the impact of the food insecurity which has left 6.5 million people hunger stricken.
During his three-day visit which starts today up to Thursday, Wharton is expected to see the impact of the UK’s response to the humanitarian crisis in coordination with other development partners.
According to a statement from the British High Commission released yesterday, the minister will also hold talks with key stakeholders on how Malawi can break the cycle of food insecurity, adapt to climate change and continue with market reforms that encourage private sector-led economic growth.
Speaking ahead of his visit, Wharton said the UK has a strong historic relationship with Malawi and remains fully committed to supporting the country’s continued economic growth and deepening the links to British businesses and organisations – which is firmly in Malawi and the UK’s national interests.
“During my visit I will meet with those worst affected by the ongoing drought and see first-hand how the UK is providing life-saving assistance and leading the way in supporting the poorest people to lift themselves out of poverty,” said Wharton.