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As Southern Africa enters the critical lean season, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, visited Malawi to a ppreciate EU humanitarian aid projects that help communities deal with the effects of prolonged drought. Commissioner Stylianides met President Peter Mutharika before visiting Chikwawa and Zomba districts where nutrition and food assistance is being provided to particularly vulnerable households.
"The EU stands firmly by Malawi and other countries in Southern Africa affected by the El Niño drought. In response to this state of emergency, we have provided €57 million in Southern Africa, including more than €16 million to Malawi, in humanitarian aid and disaster risk reduction since early 2016. We are committed to continue our assistance, which deals with both immediate response and longer-term recovery. "Commissioner Stylianides said.
EU humanitarian assistance in Malawi has helped provide assistance to the most vulnerable families for food, financing the construction of irrigation facilities and supporting sustainable livelihoods. It is also helping vulnerable families bridge the gap until the first harvests in March 2017.
More than 800 000 people are set to benefit from EU-funded humanitarian programmes.