Commissioner Piebalgs and FAO Director-General underline support for nutrition and food security in Malawi
During a high level visit to Malawi, EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, and José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), will meet today President Joyce Banda to discuss the country's challenges on nutrition and food security and underline ongoing EU and FAO support in this area.
Malawi has made progress in the fight against hunger but malnutrition remains endemic in the country, with over 47% of children suffering from stunting (when their growth is held back due to a lack of access to nutritious food), which affects their development. It also causes increased vulnerability to diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs said: "The EU and the FAO share the same vision on nutrition and food security, and we will work together to help Malawi, and all of sub-Saharan Africa, tackle this problem. That is why I have announced my commitment to reducing the number of children who are stunted in the world by at least 7 million by 2025 and I am fully committed to make this pledge a reality."